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Student found dead in campus apartments

A female Northern Michigan University student who was found deceased in her Woodland Park Apartment on Friday, April 5 has been identified as Monica Matus, according to a university press release issued by the communications and marketing department.

Matus, a 22-year-old senior art and design-secondary education major and film studies minor, was from Chicago.

According to a press release, while an autopsy is being performed, no foul play is suspected. However, because the university was not at fault in the incident, autopsy results will be released only to Matus’ family.

A memorial for Matus took place on Wednesday, April 10 at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Third Street, where friends of Matus’ shared memories, poems and songs in her honor.

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Another memorial service took place on the morning of Thursday, April 11, which involved a sunrise flower petal ceremony at the Coast Guard Station near McCarty’s Cove in Marquette.

Condolences to the family can be posted on Matus’ obituary at

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