Friends and family members of a Westbrook man whose body was found in the Penobscot River in Bangor last week paid their respects to him Friday at a memorial at Westbrook High School, WCSH-TV reported.

David Breunig’s body was recovered from the river on April 22. He was last seen Feb. 26 walking toward a bridge in Orono that crosses the Stillwater River, which flows in the Penobscot.

Friends said Breunig, 21, a junior at Maine Maritime Academy, had planned to become a marine engineer.

“Good student, dean’s list, smart, absolutely brilliant, loved what he did. … He would’ve made a very fine engineer,” a classmate said, according to the Portland TV station. “It warms my heart knowing that I’m going to be able to carry it out and go out to sea with him by my side. He’ll be guiding me through all that.”

A memorial Mass for Breunig will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Hyacinth Church in Westbrook.


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