Family, friends gather for private Junior Seau burial

Reuters

Junior Seau was buried at a private ceremony with family and friends today, hours before some 60,000 people are expected to attend a public memorial service for the former Chargers great at Qualcomm Stadium.

Seau is buried at Eternal Hills cemetery in Oceanside. His burial was attended by family members including his children, as well as close friends including LaDainian Tomlinson. He was buried nine days after he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

The Seau family declined to tell reporters whether Seau’s brain has been preserved to be studied for signs of traumatic injury suffered on the football field.

Speakers at tonight’s memorial service will include Tomlinson, Dan Fouts, Billy Ray Smith, Bobby Ross, John Lynch and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. The public memorial service will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and will be shown on Chargers.com.