Funeral to be held for ODU student who died in Peru

Damian Deshawn Wilkins

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach family is preparing to bury an Old Dominion University student who died while on an internship in South America.

Friends and family will gather Monday to say goodbye to 19-year-old Damian Deshawn Wilkins.

The rising junior suffered a heart attack while he was in Peru. Wilkins was a pre-med and psychology major, participating in an eight-day medical internship.

His family faced some bureaucratic red tape and difficulty bringing his body home to Hampton Roads, but they were able to bring Wilkins’ back last week.

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