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GoFundMe for Minnesota high school wrestler who fell off cliff

Garrett Berg

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Garrett Berg, 17, a junior-class student/wrestler at Farmington High School who died Monday, June 8 while up on a cliff overlooking Lake Byllesby in Goodhue County in Minnesota.

The GoFundMe page started by Austin Patterson and Owen Zahn was created June 9 to raise money for Berg's funeral costs. On the first day, over $17,000 was raised.

According to multiple news reports, the Goodhoe County Sheriff's Office got a call at 5:25 p.m. that a teen had jumped off the cliffs at Lake Byllesby and hadn't surfaced. A second juvenile reportedly jumped immediately after Berg, landing on the wrestler. Berg never surfaced, the sheriff's office reported.

The district said school counselors have made themselves available to the entire community though school is not in session.

"He will be greatly missed by his teachers, classmates, teammates, and friends at Farmington High," the district said in a statement.

"We encourage our families to reach out to school staff if they have a specific concern regarding their child or would like additional assistance in dealing with this tragic loss," the district said. "Our sincere and deep sympathies are with Garrett's family and friends during this very difficult time."

Garrett Berg was an active, athletic young man. In addition to participating on the Farmington High School wrestling team, he was also a member of the school's baseball and football teams. He was also active in 4H for the past 11 years, including as a camp counselor for younger 4Hers. What's more, Garrett was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church LCMS his entire life, where he was baptised as an infant and completed confirmation as a true believer.

Garrett Berg is survived by his parents Lori and Steve, his sister Hailey, grandmothers Florence Schafer and Ella Berg, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his cousin Joshua Schafer, and his grandfathers, Elmer Schafer and Dick Berg.

A visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville, Minn. Funeral service details for Saturday, June 13 are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Garrett accepted.

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