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Oklahoma State to Honor Plane Crash Victims

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Oklahoma State University will honor the four people associated with the Cowgirls basketball team that were killed in a plane crash in 2011 with a memorial.

OSU announced the plans on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of the crash that killed head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, and OSU supporters Paula and Olin Branstetter.

“This memorial will be a lasting tribute to four wonderful individuals who touched the lives of so many. OSU will always ‘Remember the 4’ and extends its support and thoughts to the families and friends of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and Olin and Paula Branstetter,” OSU President Burns Hargis said.

An OSU press release described the memorial as follows:

The memorial, which will reside on the northeast side of the OSU Athletics Center, will be highlighted by illuminated images of the four individuals. The forms will be arranged in a perfect square, symbolizing the completion of four unique lives.

In addition to an image of the individual, each lighted panel will feature in memoriam script provided by their respective families.

An inward-looking space with stone benches alongside each of the four will allow for an area of quiet reflection.

As a whole, the memorial will serve to honor the memory of the four and exemplify their commitment to OSU.

Once design work is finalized, the memorial is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.