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Remembering a Son Taken Too Soon

It may have been a year since Paul DeWolf was murdered in his bedroom, but for his family, it may as well have been yesterday. With no resolution in the continuing court case, the family will commemorate Paul’s death with some family members visiting his grave at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Other family members will visit Ann Arbor to meet with University of Michigan medical school staff and students who knew Paul, and spend time with the police investigators who worked on the case.

Paul DeWolf was found dead in his Ann Arbor home the morning of July 24. An autopsy later confirmed he was shot to death.

Paul DeWolf was found dead in his Ann Arbor home the morning of July 24. An autopsy later confirmed he was shot to death.

Paul DeWolf was killed in what appears to have been one of several break-ins carried out by three men that night. He was shot once when he approached the gunman upon waking to find the three men in his bedroom at the Phi Rho Sigma fraternity. His body was discovered the next day when he did not turn up for work at a local medical center. All three have been arrested and are currently standing trial. Although the case has been adjourned until September, the suspects remain in jail with no bail granted. Stolen items and forensic evidence linked the men to the scene, but police are unable to give further comment as the case is ongoing.

A recent trip to a favorite family vacation spot near Lake Michigan as well as the upcoming anniversary has made this a difficult month for the DeWolf family. Instead of watching their son enjoying the beach, chasing seagulls with a remote control car as he had in years gone by, the family is remembering the life that was taken a year ago. Paul would have been a newly qualified doctor by now, about to join the United States Air Force. In his memory, the family is setting up a scholarship fund for the U-M medical school.

The day will be an emotional one for family and friends as they reflect on the stolen future of a much-loved son and brother.

 

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