Authorities believe that Casey was trying to climb the fire escape to get to the roof when she slipped and fell. She was found by university staff, who patrol the area, around 3 am on Sunday morning and was unresponsive.
The 22 year old was a senior zoology major in the College of Arts and Sciences and was in the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
The out pour of support and grief has been unbelievable and spread very quickly.
Her sister, Kelly Cooke, Tweeted: “I love you so much Casey. You were the greatest sister anyone could have ever asked for.”
And her cousin, Andy Cooke, posted on Facebook: “Rest in peace Casey. Words couldn’t even begin to describe what you meant to all of us. We will miss that deeply, but be thankful that you are watching down on us now.”
Her parents, Richard and Roslyn Cooke have planned a funeral for June 7 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. They also released the following statement:
“Since [Casey Lauren Cooke’s] birth, we have celebrated the life of a young woman who was loved by so many. We will always remember her beautiful smile and innocent sincerity.
Casey was a very motivated child. Her academic excellence and pursuit of a medical school admission are a testament to her drive, intelligence and positive attitude about life.
Casey loved to hang out with her family and friends and was an accomplished gymnast. Her athletic ability landed her a spot as a cheerleader and head cheerleader at Edmond North High School, where she graduated as the Valedictorian of her class in 2008.”
This is such a sad story. Sounds like Casey Cooke was just trying to have some fun before the summer and jump on the roof of her college to gaze at the stars or whatnot. Something so innocent and carefree lead to her death. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.