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Bismarck Wolves Remember Teammate Who Lost His Life in a Farm Accident

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Corneilius Johannes Du Plessis died in a farm accident near Wilton on Monday.

Known as "Lian" by his friends he was a new member of the Bismarck Wolves football team.

And his teammates are making sure he is remembered.

Corina Cappabianca has the story.

Twenty-seven year old Lian Du Plessis joined the Bismarck Wolves just a short time ago.

"From the first time I saw him, I met him with smiles all over his face, gave me a big hug first day I met him. I knew right there he was friendly," says teammate Jeff Palmer.

Originally from South Africa, Lian had played Rugby and was just learning how to play football.

His first game was on Saturday.

"He was learning. It was a quick process for him. We knew just he had what it takes," says teammate Marcus Harrington.

And teammates say he was becoming a great defender.

"He definitely had the toughness for us for the defense for us. We're going to miss that inside rush that he use to bring for the defense," says teammate Jammile Sims.

When teammates got word that Lian had died in a farming accident on Monday they were devastated.

They held this candlelight vigil at Cottonwood park on Tuesday where the team practices to remember the good times.

But, it was Lian's infectious personality that they will miss the most.

"I'm gonna miss his smile. Smile and attitude. Always happy," says teammate Marcus Harrington.

Teammates say he will never be replaced.

Corina Cappabianca. KX News.

Teammates say they plan to retire his number '59' jersey in his honor.

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