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Casey Cooke, of Edmond, was found dead Sunday on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. She planned to attend medical school, her father said.

BY SILAS ALLEN Modified: June 4, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 5, 2012
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Casey Cooke

“They were there to help without question, for hours, if need be,” Ault said.

Richard Cooke described his daughter as kind, bright and interested in people. She had done community service work through her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and was applying to do volunteer work at free medical clinics in preparation for medical school.

His daughter had strong relationships with her brothers and sister and generally came home for family birthdays and other occasions, he said. The family often gathered in Norman for tailgate parties before OU football games, he said.

Richard Cooke said the family has received countless visits and support from family and friends. One of all parents’ goals is to see their children outlive them, Cooke said.

“That didn’t happen,” he said. “We’re taking it pretty hard.”

Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Kernke Funeral Home, 14624 N May Ave., Oklahoma City. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W Hefner Road, Oklahoma City.

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