A funeral mass was set for noon Monday November 28 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock for the fallen University of Arkansas football player Garrett Uekman (EHCK’-mun).
Over 1,000 family and friends packed the church in west Little Rock for the funeral. The service began a little past noon for freshman tight end Garret Uekman. Uekman died November 20th from an undiagnosed heart condition. The Washington County coroner who performed the autopsy says Uekman had a condition called cardiomyopathy, in which the heart becomes enlarged.
Church leaders sang sorrowful hymns as mourners gathered. Sections of the more than thousand seat sanctuary were set aside for Uekman’s University of Arkansas teammates,coaches and administrators. Also on hand Uekman’s high school coaching staff from Catholic High School in Little Rock. Uekman’s family pushed back the time and date of the mass so that friends and teammates would be able to attend.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino sat on the front row near the musicians, while Catholic coach David Estes sat opposite him in the semi-circular church.
The 19-year-old sophomore and redshirt freshman tight end, died November 20th. Less than 24hours after the Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State University in Uekman’s home town of Little Rock. Uekman was majoring in applied exercise science in the College of Education and Health Professions had played in nine games during the current football season.
Uekman, was reportly found unconscious and unresponsive in his room in the Northwest Quad residence hall at around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. The 19 year-old was last seen playing video games about 10:15 a.m. and appeared to be in good health. Another roommate found him unconscious about an hour later. Emergency services were called at 11:17 a.m., and the first responders were on the scene at 11:20 a.m. Uekman was in cardiac arrest when responders arrived and was pronounced dead at approximately 12:10 p.m. at Washington Regional Medical Center.