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A somber mood fell upon the hundreds who gathered here Thursday on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pay their last respects to a friend they lost too soon.

A Saudi flag stood side by side with a U.S flag as more than 20 of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi’s closest friends shared their fondest memories of their “brother” while holding single white candles — honoring a man who “bridged a gap between the Saudi and local community,” in the words of Tommy Hutson, a friend.

There are still many unanswered questions in the violent beating of Alnahdi, 24, a Saudi student at the university who died Monday after he was assaulted and left bloodied near Toppers Pizza on a relatively crowded street early Sunday morning.

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forjamessaudistudentmurdered1A vigil is held for Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, the Saudi student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout who was attacked and killed early Sunday in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Safia Samee Ali / NBC News

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