'Bachelorette's' Julien Hug Memorialized in Southern California
Former Bachelorette contestant Julien Hug was memorialized Friday in his Southern California hometown of Rancho Santa Fe. Last week, the 35-year-old was found dead on a remote highway about 90 miles outside of Los Angeles, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hundreds of people attended the Friday afternoon service at the Village Church, according to E! Online. Prior the memorial, Rev. Jack Baca told the La Jolla Light newspaper the the Hug family "very much appreciates the outpouring of love and support from friends and the larger community."
Hug worked as manager at his family's Mille Fleurs restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. His parents, Bertrand and Denise Hug, said in a statement, "We are beyond devastated and completely distraught. In his letter to us he stated that he was suffering from acute depression and he felt it was his only way out. While publicly outgoing he was an extremely private person who internalized everything. To us Julien was beautiful inside as he was outside and we wish to have him remembered in this way, a way he deserves and would appreciate, not by false comments from people outside the family. No one he has touched will ever forget him, most of all us."
Hug competed in the Jillian Harris season of The Bachelorette in 2009.