Funeral set for Ohio State athlete found dead

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Funeral set for Ohio State athlete found dead
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio. The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)
R.I.P. Kosta Karageorge (#Buckeyes) http://t.co/XQZgQqNCJn
Amazing vigil on the Ohio State oval tonight. Kosta Karageorge left his mark in his 22 years. http://t.co/QWcOuiR8AK
OSU Football Team Attends Kosta Karageorge's Funeral - http://t.co/1XQh25MHoG http://t.co/dRB1DGqMmw
The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kosta's family. He will be missed.
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
STATEMENT: OSUDA was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. More>>
Cont. STATEMENT: ... Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Karageorge family. You will be missed by the entire Buckeye family. http://t.co/mMvfflfokz
Sgt. Rich Weiner said at 2:30pm a body was found in a dumpster. Found a man inside container. Identified him as Kosta Karageorge
Investigation as of now that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
The confirmation is through tattoos. Unsure of how long the body has been there
Phone call came from a woman and her son who were looking through dumpsters. Police have recovered a handgun
Weiner says neighbors they have talked to heard nothing. Unsure if gun was his. It was found in dumpster with body
Prayers out to the Karageorge family and all of his friends
Karageorge sent a text to his mother about how concussion spells were affecting him. Just continues the conversation to work on that issue
We're completely devastated to hear the news about Kosta Karageorge. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates.
Missing OSU football player Kosta Karageorge found dead of apparent suicide in a dumpster behind Short North Kroger. http://t.co/VWZeXvBeFy
Police confirm the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge. Initial report is that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A police poster showing Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State player who has been missing since earlier in the week, is displayed on the large video board at the south end of the field before the start of the Ohio State's NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
MISSING: @OhioState football player Kosta Karageorge still missing since Wed. RT to help pd http://t.co/7GErEvdhJB http://t.co/CZWdaTX0fG
One of our own, Kosta Karageorge, has gone missing. Please RETWEET this to spread the word. #findkosta http://t.co/8xYfaVgzso
OSU and Urban Meyer released a statement concerning missing football player Kosta Karageorge: http://t.co/9iVkNIL5nh http://t.co/vDjaIcGzRi
Search still ongoing for missing #OhioState player Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/qSc8B1tY9d via @CFTalk http://t.co/FU56FNP1SB
Mom of OSU Buckeye Kosta Karageorge reports son missing. Call Columbus Police or OSU Police with any information. http://t.co/LK8Nijy9Aw
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State football players, wrestlers and other athletes plan to attend the funeral service for a teammate found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the university said Tuesday.

Fellow football players have described Kosta Karageorge as a hard-working and enthusiastic athlete who often stayed for extra practice even though it was unlikely he would ever play in a game.

The service was scheduled for Wednesday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus, with a private burial in Athens County.

Athletes from other sports will also attend, and football teammates planned to wear a No. 53 helmet sticker - Karageorge's number - during Saturday's Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin, said Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County coroner, says Karageorge died of a gunshot wound to the head, but she hadn't definitely ruled it a suicide as of Tuesday afternoon.

Karageorge's mother says he had had several concussions, and the coroner says a special examination will be done of Karageorge's brain to look for any traumatic injury.

Columbus police said Sunday, the day Karageorge's body was found, that he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the trash bin with him, police said.

Karageorge, 22, disappeared four days earlier after sending his parents an apologetic text message.

The message said, "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f----- up."

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police her son had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused. Players also knew of Karageorge's history of concussions, they said in interviews Monday.

Karageorge was a Buckeyes wrestler for three years, and the senior defensive tackle joined the football team as a walk-on this season. He hadn't played any games. He was known as a "scout team" member, meaning he likely wouldn't see playing time and took the role of an opposing team member during the regular starters' weekday practices.

His body was found Sunday by a woman searching trash bins near her neighborhood for scrap metal to sell.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer says he's been instructed not to discuss Karageorge's medical issues but said he is confident in the quality of medical care athletes receive.

More than half of concussions don't get reported, said Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founder of a center that studies these injuries at Boston University Medical School.

The emotional after-effects of repeated concussions can include depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and there can be cognitive problems like trouble concentrating, he said.

Autopsy to Include Brain Exam for OSU Kasta Karageorge

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