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Mourners gather for funeral of slain SUNY student

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of people filled an upstate New York church for the funeral of a New York college freshman who authorities say was beaten to death by her boyfriend.

Many wore purple Thursday in support of stopping domestic violence and purple ribbons were wrapped around trees outside the church in the central New York town of New Hartford.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Kogut's funeral was at noon on Thursday in her hometown of New Hartford, where she was captain of her high school's swim team.

Her body was found early Saturday at the State University of New York College at Brockport, near Rochester, after her mother called campus police concerned because she couldn't reach her.

During the eulogy, the Rev. Paul Drobin said that if Kogut were there, she would tell those gathered to care for and love one another.

Clayton Whittemore of New Hartford pleaded not guilty to an initial charge of second-degree murder. Monroe County prosecutors say a grand jury voted to indict the 21-year-old late Wednesday, but the office has yet to release details of the formal charges.

A court appearance scheduled in Sweden Town Court for Thursday has been canceled.

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