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Dad of young man found dead in Fargo says son was well-liked

FARGO — The family of a man found dead near a Fargo business Monday, Jan. 27, wants people to know the kind of person that has been lost.

In a north Fargo home on Wednesday, the father of Wesley Gunhammer Jr. remembered raising his son alone along with Wesley's two sisters. He remembers his son as a good person who was part of a tight family.

"Even as a child, he was a kind-hearted person," recalled 64-year-old Wesley Gunhammer Sr. "He treated everyone with kindness, his friends have been calling me and that is what they are saying, too."

Gunhammer Sr. said his son would always go out of his way to help others.

"I am so proud of him, the person he was," he said. "Everybody he came in contact with liked him, they fell in love with him."


Gunhammer had invited his son over to dinner the night of Sunday, Jan. 26, but he never showed up. Now, the father believes his son collapsed north of Main Avenue while walking from south Fargo to his north Fargo home.

"He had been drinking, so he started walking and it was cold out so he either passed out or fell," Gunhammer said.

Tamara Kotaska, a friend of Wesley, said the community has lost a good friend.

"If he had money he would try to give people downtown money and he was a very caring person," she said.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

Contact Email: kwallevand@wday.com
Phone Number: (701) 241-5317
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