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Some Junior Seau memorial services to be private, family says

May 9, 2012 | 12:54 pm

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The viewing, memorial and burial for Junior Seau, initially announced as open to the public, will instead be only for family and invited friends, a spokeswoman for Pastor Miles McPherson said Wednesday.

McPherson, a former San Diego Charger and now pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, is set to officiate at the memorial and burial. The closure is in keeping with the family's wishes.

Well-wishers are being directed to the memorial planned for Friday night at Qualcomm Stadium.

PHOTOS: Junior Seau | 1969 - 2012

The San Diego Chargers will host a Celebration of Life in Seau's honor starting at 6:30 p.m. at the stadium, where Seau played for the Chargers. The parking lot will open at 2 p.m. and the stadium gates at 4:30 p.m. A large crowd is expected.

Seau, 43, an All-American at USC and a star during 20 years in the NFL, was found dead May 2 in his home in Oceanside. The San Diego County medical examiner confirmed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. No suicide note was found.

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Photo: Flowers and other tokens of respect left outside Junior Seau's home in Oceanside. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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