Former Teammates Honor Mandy Matula at Home Opener in Duluth

Updated: 04/12/2014 11:26 AM

Mandy Matula was honored in Duluth by her former teammates, as they dedicated their home opener Friday to the 24-year-old woman, who was killed last spring.

Matula, of Eden Prairie, was killed in May of last year, her body was not found six months later at a park near St. Cloud.

When her remains were recovered, she was found with her UMD sweatshirt with her jersey number: 14. Each player was wearing that number when the UMD Bulldogs softball team suited up for Friday's doubleheader against Augustana

Gary Holquist, UMD's director of athletic development, tells KSTP sister station WDIO it was a touching gesture.  

"The softball team wanted to honor Mandy and bring awareness to violence against women," Holquist explained. "Mandy was such an important part of our existence as an athletic department. This will be the first time in the history of UMD athletics that someone in our sports programs will have their number honored and retired."

Matula's jersey will be officially retired sometime next fall.

Video courtesy of KSTP sister station WDIO.