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Stillwater Shocked That Tragedy Has Struck Again

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Students, fans and faculty at Oklahoma State turned out at Gallagher-Iba Arena Friday to mourn the loss of women's head basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna.

Budke and Serna, as well as pilots Olin and Paula Branstetter, died Thursday afternoon when the single-engine plane they were in crashed in a wooded area northwest of Little Rock.

Today, many visited the memorial for another plane crash that killed ten members of the Oklahoma State men's basketball team only ten years ago.

Most of the students don't believe this has happened again. But, they all say for the community and the basketball team, the campus will stand strong and show support.

Hundreds of signatures filled giant banners as fans, faculty, students and staff took the time to stop by and write a message, some even bringing pictures and flowers to remember the coaches.

"I think it's great," says student Heather Lawrence. "I think it's a good way to show love and support."

"In Stillwater, if you're a Cowboy you know that we're all close-knit and we're all a family," added Daryl Landry. "And it's sad, a sad thing."

A memorial service is being planned for the victims Monday in Stillwater. Also, flags at state buildings will be lowered to half staff Monday in remembrance of those killed.

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