Thousands Attend Memorial Service For Victims Of OSU Plane Crash

Monday, November 21st 2011, 8:25 am
By: News 9

Thousands of people filled OSU's Gallegher-Iba Arena in Stillwater Monday afternoon for a public memorial service to remember four members of the OSU family who died in a plane crash November 17.

At OSU flags are flying at half staff following another tragic plane crash, and the university canceled classes from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend.

Ten months ago, the OSU community remembered the tenth anniversary of the 2001 plane crash that took ten lives. And now, Oklahoma State University is going through that all over again, with the loss of OSU women's head basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and OSU alumni Olin and Paula Branstetter.

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The families of the victims filed into the arena just after 1 p.m., including Coach Budke's daughter, Sara, who's a student at OSU.

Players and coaches from OSU's other athletic teams also attended the memorial service, along with coaches from the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team, and the head coaches of the women's basketball teams at Baylor and Texas A&M.

"We have been here before, losing members of the OSU family so tragically," said Larry Reece, Voice of OSU as he opened the service.

"We will never be the same because we lost them too soon."

There is also a candlelight vigil which begins at 8 p.m. hosted by OSU SGA at the Chi-O Clock. The clock is located between the Student Union and Classroom Buildings.

They'll be laying orange wreaths to remember those killed on Thursday, November 17, 2011.