SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — The North Dakota State University student found slain in Moorhead will be laid to rest as authorities search for the person responsible for his death.

A funeral Mass for 18-year-old Thomas Bearson will be held Monday morning at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in his hometown of Sartell.

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Bearson’s body was found Tuesday outside a recreational vehicle store in Moorhead. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office says Bearson died as the “result of homicidal violence.”

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Police say Bearson had last been seen at a party early Saturday morning in Fargo, North Dakota, about six blocks from his dorm. NDSU officials are encouraging students to walk with others on and off campus at night. On-campus police escorts are available around the clock.

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