Head coach Danny Hope, team chaplain Marty Ditmar and teammates Kurt Lichtenberg and Joe Holland were among those who spoke at the service.
“Sean Matti was a coach’s dream” Hope said. “He was a very special teammate and I really believe he represented what we’re all about. He had an unbelievable amount of pride and he loved Purdue. We are sure going to miss him.”
Matti, from Shoreview, Minn., joined the football program in 2007 as a walk-on running back.
The 22-year-old (born Sept. 18, 1988) was reported missing Sunday around 11:30 p.m., and his body was recovered in Lake Freeman in Monticello, Ind., on Tuesday.
The Boilermakers will hold a moment of silence in Matti’s honor prior to their season opening game against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 3.