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Sports, Political Community Reacts To OSU Plane Crash

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The local sports and political worlds are mourning the loss of Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna.

Budke and Serna were killed in a plane crash Thursday night in central Arkansas while on a recruiting trip. Two others, identified as former State Senator Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula, also perished in the crash.

Former players, political figures and athletic teams have taken to twitter to express their sadness.

University of Tulsa women's head basketball coach Matilda Mossman:
"It is a tragic loss for the basketball community. Having known Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna for a number of years, it makes me realize how short life is and to not take anything for granted. My heart goes out to their families and the OSU community."

Former OU basketball player Blake Griffin:
"Thoughts and prayers go out to the OK state women's bball squad. So sad."

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe:
"Our hearts break for the #OkState family over this tragic loss. Kay and I pray for the families of Budke and Serna, and the OSU family."

Big 12 Conference:
"While college athletics thrives on competition, we are a family when tragedy strikes. Oklahoma State and the families of those killed in the plane crash are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us in the Big 12 Conference."

Tulsa Shock:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kurt Budke & Miranda Serna. Our thoughts/prayers go out to their families & the #okstate community."

Northeastern State:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Oklahoma State as they once again deal with the tragic losses within their Athletic Department."

WNBA:
"Our thoughts & prayers are with the @OSUAthletics Women's Basketball community today."

Former OSU player Marshall Moses:
"My freshman yr when i never played,coach Serna use2always just tell me she thought1day i was gone b a big time player. I didnt even think so."

U.S. Representative John Sullivan:
"Thoughts and prayers go out to OSU womens Basketball Coach Budke and Serna. God bless!"

Former OU women's player Danielle Robinson:
"Praying for the whole OSU family! Life is just too short. We are all with you through this tough time."