Family, Friends Mourn Death of University of Chicago Student

Austin Hudson-LaPore remembered as a lover of statistics and science

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    Body of Austin Hudson-LaPore was found in Lake Michigan on Wednesday, a week after he vanished. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    A day after Austin Hudson-LaPore's body was recovered from Lake Michigan, the University of Chicago student's family gathered at the school to honor a young man they said was a statistics whiz and lover of science, cooking and meteorology.

    "He would get up in the morning at 3 and turn on The Weather Channel," Hudson-LaPore's father, Gregg Lapore, said at a Thursday news conference. "He loved baseball and NASCAR because of stats ... and strategy."

    Family, Friends Remember Austin Hudson-LaPore

    [CHI] Family, Friends Remember Austin Hudson-LaPore
    Family and friends gathered at the University of Chicago Thursday to remember Austin Hudson-LaPore, whose body was found a day earlier in Lake Michigan. Hudson-LaPore's parents say the student loved numbers and weather. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    The third-year student was last seen around 8:30 p.m. on June 12 at his apartment on the 5300 block of South Kimbark Avenue. It's suspected he may have gone outside to check out area storms, though he didn't take his wallet or cell phone.

    His body was spotted early Wednesday in Lake Michigan at Oakwood Drive by a South Shore artist and fisherman.

    Body Of Missing U of C Student Recovered In Lake Michigan

    [CHI] Body Of Missing U of C Student Recovered In Lake Michigan
    The body of Austin Hudson-LaPore, a University of Chicago student who vanished a week ago, was discovered in the waters of Lake Michigan early Wednesday morning. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013)

    "I looked to my right and I saw what appeared to be a log," recalled Eddie Hudson. "Me and my wife, we've been following it on the news, and I didn't think it was him because there was so much stuff going on. It could have been anyone."

    LaPore's family expressed gratitude to those who searched for the young man, informed the public about his disappearance and ultimately found him. "To all of you, we are eternally grateful for helping us bring Austin home," Gregg LaPore said.

    Going forward, they urged friends to keep his memory alive.

    "One thing we ask of all of you is to live just a little bit larger to fill in some of the space he leaves behind," his mother, Laurie Hudson, said.