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Memorial service planned for SIU student who died

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A memorial service will be held in honor of an Southern Illinois University student who died in February.

Pravin Varughese, 19, was found dead in a wooded area near the school in February.

The memorial service will be May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Pavillion in Carbondale, according to Varughese's mother Lovely Varughese.

The coroner, Thomas Kupferer, has said there's no evidence of foul play in the February death of Varughese. Kupferer says the criminal justice major from suburban Chicago likely died of exposure to the cold. His body was found nearly a week after he went missing after a dispute with an acquaintance.

Varughese's family insists lab tests showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system. Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn calls that "not completely accurate."

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