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UAA student found dead at music festival

Dennis Beaudo, an economics senior at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a telephone interview that a man found dead Saturday at the Austin City Limits Music Festival was his friend and on again-off-again UAA student, Cole Christianson.

Cole Mathew Christianson’s Facebook page was flooded with condolences as of Sunday evening, and a large number of people have tweeted memories and photos of him. Beaudo was a classmate with Christianson in high school and heard the news through mutual friends that the man Austin Police say was found in a creek behind Austin Music Hall was his friend.

“I think people should know something like this happened,” Beaudo said.

The Anchorage Police Department would not verify any information regarding the death, and the Austin Police Department would not confirm any information about the open investigation until the completion of an autopsy.

However, the Austin Police Department has requested anyone with information about the death contact the Homicide Unit at 512- 974-5210.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

Anyone wishing to contribute to an obituary for Christianson should contact The Northern Light at content@thenorthernlight.org. 

Written by J. Almendarez

J. Almendarez is a journalism junior who transferred to UAA this fall from San Antonio College, located in South Texas. At SAC, she worked at the national award winning student publication, The Ranger, as a reporter, photographer, Multimedia Editor and Executive Editor. After graduation next fall, she plans to work as a reporter for a daily in South Texas. Eventually, she would like to earn a Master's degree in Media Convergence. After a long career in journalism, she will go back to San Antonio College, teach a reporting class and die while preaching in front of a group of students about the importance of legit journalism and AP Style.