Student Marcus Antilla Dies During Hiking Trip
The Michigan Tech community is mourning the death of one of our students over the weekend.
Marcus Antilla, 19, of Republic, passed away while on a hiking trip with five other Michigan Tech students in the Rocking Chair Lakes area of Marquette County.
The Marquette County Sheriff Department said in a statement that all of the students were 18 or 19 years old. Two of the five others were from Marquette County while three were from Lower Michigan.
Police said that Antilla was exhibiting signs of hypothermia after becoming lost while searching for firewood. As many as 20 private citizens on ORVs assisted at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Antilla had just completed his second year at Michigan Tech. The valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Republic-Michigamme High School was an electrical engineering major. A stand-out athlete in high school, he was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Ishpeming High School State Championship Football teams and played basketball and ran track for Republic-Michigamme.
At Tech he played intramural basketball and flag football.
Les Cook, Michigan Tech vice president for Student Affairs and Advacement, said the campus community is in shock after learning of the tragedy in Marquette County.
"To receive such news while in the midst of celebrating Spring Commencement and the end of the semester makes it even more heart breaking," Cook said.
"On behalf of the entire campus community, I'd like to offer our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers, to Marcus' parents, Mark and Joanne, his sisters, Lindsay and Taylor, and to all his family, friends and classmates."
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday (May 5), at Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic. Interment will take place at the Republic Township Cemetery.
Marcus' family will greet relatives and friends from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church.
Michigan Tech counseling services is available for anyone seeking grief counseling. Their office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7-2538.