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Services scheduled for University of Alabama swimmer killed in Tuscaloosa Monday night

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Funeral services have been planned for John Servati, the University of Alabama swimmer killed during storms in Tuscaloosa Monday night, April 28, 2014. Funeral services have been planned for John Servati, the University of Alabama swimmer killed during storms in Tuscaloosa Monday night, April 28, 2014.
TUSCALOOA COUNTY - AL - Family and friends will gather to say goodbye to 21-year-old John Servati, the University of Alabama swimmer who was killed Monday night in Tuscaloosa.

Servati, who died when a retaining wall of his off-campus home collapsed on him while he and his girlfriend took shelter from the storms, will be remembered tonight at a Celebration of Life service at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. The service is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. On Friday, a viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. in Servati's hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

Prior to his tragic death, Servati served as a veteran on the Crimson Tide swim team and excelled in the classroom as a business major. During his sophomore year, he was placed on the Dean's List with a 3.55 grade point average.

"John Servati was an extraordinary young man of great character and warmth who had a tremendously giving spirit," Alabama head coach Dennis Pursley said in a university release. "During this incredibly difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all who had the good fortune to know him. He will forever be in our hearts and a part of the Crimson Tide legacy."

Servati was also a member of Campus Crusades for Christ.



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