University of Northern Iowa mourns death of freshman from Sioux City

(Cedar Falls, IA) -- University of Northern Iowa students will host a memorial tonight, for a student who died Friday. Nineteen-year-old Isaac Roerig of Sioux City was struck by a semi while standing by his vehicle on Highway 20. He died at the hospital. Roerig was a freshman music education major.

The event tonight will take place at 7:30 at Lawther Field. Students and faculty from UNI's School of Music, as well as the Panther Marching Band will participate.

Roerig graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, which announced his death on it's Facebook page:

“Dear Bishop Heelan family,

It is with tremendous grief that I message you about the passing of 2020 Bishop Heelan graduate Isaac Roerig. Isaac was a freshmen music education major at the University of Northern Iowa and was a pedestrian when he was struck by a semi in Cedar Falls and pronounced dead later at the hospital. Isaac's dad, Todd, had been the religion teacher at Mater Dei for the last several years and this year moved on staff at Bishop Heelan. Todd is also our cross country coach. This news is truly devastating. Please keep the entire Roerig family in your prayers as well as our Bishop Heelan community. This is the 2nd member of the class of 2020 to die in less than four months.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

John Flanery

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