Hundreds pay their final respects to David Riggs

David Riggs

20-year-old died after scooter crash

Community members turned out in droves to honor David John Riggs, a 20-year-old Tartan High School graduate who died Aug. 17 following a scooter crash in Oakdale days earlier.

Riggs’ girlfriend, Ciara Falzone, noted a vigil was held Aug. 19 outside of his family’s Oakdale home, where hundreds of community members came to pay their final respects.

“It was such an incredible outpouring of support,” Falzone said, adding that she and the Riggs family were immensely grateful for the entire community’s response following Riggs’ death.

The crash occurred on Helmo Avenue North shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, and involved two cars and Riggs’ scooter. Riggs was taken to Regions Hospital by ambulance.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral service last week at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in St. Paul, Falzone said. The group celebrated his life with a balloon release, which Falzone said she and the Riggs family appreciated very much.

“It was very special for his family,” she said.

Falzone, who began dating Riggs when the two were freshmen in high school, said most people will remember him for his “light, happy attitude,” and his “infectious and joking personality.”

“Everyone mentions his dimples,” she added, recalling her boyfriend’s big smile and laugh.

Riggs, who grew up in Oakdale, graduated from Tartan High School in 2011. Falzone noted her boyfriend had a deep love of hockey, and played during part of his high school career. He was also a member of High Schools Against Cancer and Relay for Life Team, Relay 9-1-1.

Riggs went on to attend Minnesota State University-Mankato for his freshman year and transferred to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for his second year, where he studied business marketing.

“He loved that,” Falzone said, adding that Riggs began working for Postal Credit Union in Woodbury and then worked at other branches when he moved away to attend college.

In addition to his parents, Peggy and Craig, Riggs is survived by his two brothers, Matthew (Randi) and Michael, and many other family members and friends.

Falzone said her boyfriend, known as “Little Riggsy” to some of his close friends and family, was a “selfless” person who’d do “everything for his family and friends.” Falzone added that he was an organ donor -- something that she’s confident he would be proud of.

“We had talked about it previously,” Falzone said. “It was something he was really passionate about.”

Alex Holmquist can be reached at or 651-748-7822.

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