Former Bakersfield student's funeral held

Girlfriend: Dhanens just had "a heart of gold"

Bakersfield, Calif. - Bakersfield former student-athlete's, Philip Dhanens, burial was held at St. Philip the Apostle Church on Friday morning.

Dhanens, the youngest of three boys boys, was a student at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, where he earned the nickname 'Big Phil'. 

At 6-foot-5, his friends and classmates regarded him as a "big teddy bear" who often greeted those he met with an equally big bear hug.

Aside from being known for his outgoing demeanor, Dhanen was also a member of the football team, an altar server, and a band member.  He was also a current student at Fresno State.

"He was big, had a smile on his face all of the time, just happy go life," said Dhanen's coach, Jim Maples. "He just enjoyed life, [he] was a great student."

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the death of the Fresno State fraternity pledge.  Officials said Dhanens death came after a heavy night of drinking over the weekend at the Theta Chi fraternity house.

University officials immediately suspended recognition of the fraternity and family and friends are still left dealing with their loss.

"Everyone loved him.  He just had a heart of gold," said Dhanen's high school sweetheart Zoe Tucker.

"I just don't think it's real.  I just wish there was some people to look out for him, like I wish I was there to look after him, to keep him from doing anything to hurt his family or him."

 

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