OSU continues to mourn loss of 4 killed in plane crash

It was unusually quiet inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Usual because it is the weekend the OSU Cowgirls basketball team was suppose to be in action on the hardwood.

But the only sound comes from the steady trickle of mourners in the east lobby, where a makeshift memorial honoring the four victims, including OSU head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna, continues to grow.

"It's just an outpouring of love, support and prayers," said Mary Moorewood of Stillwater.

Moorewood often travels with the team on the road and knew both coaches.

"For me personally, I can't believe this has happened again," said Moorewood.

But she said there is light amongst the darkness.

"This is a close community anyway and this tragic event just brings us even closer together," said Moorewood
Among those paying their respects to the four victims was the high school girls basketball team from Bethel.

The team was in town for a scrimmage and had planned on cheering the Cowgirls to another victory this weekend.

Jennifer Lynch, the team's head coach, said they know what it's like to lose someone close.

"We lost a boys basketball player a couple of years ago," said Lynch.

Lynch said she hopes the visit will provide an important lesson for her team.

"I hope they remember what pain our community went through and I hope they realize what pain the Cowgirls and OSU in general is going through and just remember that life is short," said Lynch.

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