Dearly missed: Loved ones, students remember David Frigaard


A community paid their final respects Monday to a beloved teacher and bar owner who was fatally shot about a week ago.

Family and friends attended a memorial mass for 46-year-old David Frigaard at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Roseville Monday morning, WCCO reports.

"He was the kind of person that superheroes want to emulate, since his passion for life inspired so many. The light in our lives ended way too soon, but his legacy will be carried on," his obituary read, noting he's "dearly missed" by students, staff and his family.

Frigaard was a well-liked art teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove, and was very involved in the school community. Following Frigaard's death, students and staff created a memorial at the school, crafting hundreds of pieces of art to remember their teacher, the South Washington County Bulletin reported.

Park teacher Bonnie Thoe-Austin made a tribute video:

Students and those who knew him also turned to Twitter using the hashtag #RIPFrigaard to share stories and condolences, and remembered him with each colorful sunrise.

He also ran Frigaard's Bar in Willernie, where people have set up a memorial.

Frigaard was married and had three children. Those looking to help support Frigaard's family can make donations to the "David Frigaard Memorial Fund" at Wells Fargo Bank.

The suspect

Bailey Jordan Garcia, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder in Frigaard's Jan. 24 death. His attorneys said he has a long history of psychological problems and has attempted suicide, but they don't know of a motive, reports said.

Garcia "was bewildered and shocked when he found out that he allegedly killed somebody," his lawyer said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Garcia was recently hired at the Mahtomedi Fire Department and investigators said he went there to get the wire cutters he needed to cut the trigger lock on his rifle.

In wake of the charges against him, Mahtomedi Mayor Judson Marshall told KSTP the city may need to do mental health evaluations before hiring firefighters and paramedics. Larger cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, already do this, KSTP said.

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