The Latest: Dignitaries, sports figures attend Trent funeral

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral service for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent (all times local):

7 p.m.

Hundreds of dignitaries, sports figures and other people have attended the funeral for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent.

In a sanctuary of an Indianapolis church featuring many items of sports memorabilia collected by Trent, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb read a message Tuesday evening from Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. Holcomb said the state and the nation were inspired by Trent’s courage and bravery fighting the bone cancer that took his life Jan. 1.

Many speakers cited Trent’s deep faith. Purdue quarterback David Blough said Trent would want the evening “to be all about Jesus.”

Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm attended with many members of the Purdue football team wearing black jerseys.

The Boilermaker Special locomotive mascot was parked outside the church.


This story has been corrected to show that the governor read a message from the vice president Tuesday evening, not Monday evening.


3:22 p.m.

A former Purdue University student who inspired many as he battled cancer while cheering on Purdue’s football team will be laid to rest.

Tuesday’s funeral service for Tyler Trent will be livestreamed from College Park Church in Indianapolis.

Trent was 20 when he died Jan. 1 following a battle with a rare bone cancer he was first diagnosed with at age 15.

He entered Purdue in the fall of 2017 while undergoing chemotherapy and gained national attention during 2018 by becoming the adopted captain of the Boilermakers football team.

Trent became a social media star with his positive attitude and determination to live every day to the fullest.

He earned an associate degree in computer information technology from Purdue, which will hold a Wednesday evening memorial honoring him.

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