Colleague Remembers Friends Lost In OSU Homecoming Crash
STILLWATER, Oklahoma - For many in Stillwater, the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame will never be the same.
Days after the fatal crash during an OSU homecoming parade, a memorial has been created to remember the four lives that were lost and the several others injured.
Tuesday was the first time Richard Hawkins, a friend of two of the victims, had the heart to return.
“I just couldn't. I couldn't even go see the people in my department for two days," he said.
Hawkins worked with Bonnie Stone in OSU's Information Systems Department for more than 30 years; but Bonnie and her husband Marvin, a bioengineering professor, were more than just colleagues to him.
"They were friends with everyone. We're all family here across the university. That's what we've always had here at Oklahoma State, just family," Hawkins said.
At Tuesday night's memorial service, Stillwater mayor Gina Noble said compassion eases the pains of others through acts of kindness.
Hawkins said Marvin and Bonnie lived their lives Stillwater Strong.
"People need to be more like Bonnie and Marvin. Unselfish, transparent, don't care who gets the credit. And just do what you need to do and be family to each other,” he said.
Oklahoma State University and AT&T are making it easy to help victims of the homecoming parade tragedy.
To make a $10 donation to the Stillwater Medical Foundation, text the word "STRONG" to 50555; then, when you're prompted, be sure to reply to confirm the donation.
The donations will be used to help victims and family members with medical expenses and the critical needs they might have.