The Cowboy Family Remembers Parade Victims
As we learn more about those killed and injured in what was a senseless and incomprehensible act, our hearts ache from the weight of the grief we feel. We ask everyone to lift up the families who lost their loved ones and those injured in your prayers. We are reminded once again of what is truly important in life - family and friends. The OSU family is deeply saddened.
- Burns Hargis, President Oklahoma State University
As the mayor, I saw the tragedy unfold, but I saw much more. I saw the faces and hearts and expertise and professionalism of our first responders: Stillwater Police Department, Stillwater Fire Department, City of Stillwater Emergency Management Agency SEMA, Oklahoma National Guard. and Oklahoma Highway Patrol. I am so proud of their work and know the tragedy would have been worse had they not been participating in and helping to manage the parade. These men and women were leaders. They were heroes yesterday. The doctors and nurses and staff at Stillwater Medical Center were heroes, too. I also witnessed remarkable leadership from Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. The city of Stillwater, Stillwater City Council and Oklahoma State University are working together. We are mourning together. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families. Our hearts are heavy. We are family. We are a team. We are STILLWATER STRONG.
- Gina Noble, Stillwater Mayor
Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in the heart-rendering nightmare that unfolded in Stillwater during homecoming festivities on October 24. We are blessed at the support we have received from colleges across the nation, and in the Big 12 and OU in particular.
We may always have more questions than answers, and wonder why tragedy has struck our school once more. But we should take comfort in our ability to rally together in support of each other. It is embedded in our OSU genes. Yet we should never forget the souls lost, and pay tribute to them for decades to come.
- Message from Boone and Toni Pickens
Nov 3, 2015
For individuals and companies holding fundraisers on behalf of the parade tragedy victims, please designate the funds to the Stillwater Medical Center “Stillwater Strong” fund below.
The following funds have been established; if you are aware of other support funds, please notify Brittney Rochell at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those wishing to make a donation to Nikita Nakal's family in India, visit Stillwater Medical Foundation and select #StillwaterStrong from the first drop down box. Indicate Nikita Nakal for the in memory box. Additionally, UCO has set up a scholarship in Nikita's name, the Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 6 p.m.
Oklahoma State University and the City of Stillwater will hold a community-wide memorial service Tuesday, November 3 at 6 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena to honor the lives lost and celebrate the lives saved, first responders and the strength of the Stillwater and Cowboy community.
OSU’s Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, will have counselors on site for employees and students starting Monday, October 26, on the third floor of the OSU Student Union, in Career Services. In addition, therapy dogs from Pete’s Pet Posse will be on hand. Employees can also contact ComPsych by calling 855-850-2397.
The Center for Family Services is also providing counselors to anyone on campus or in the community who needs to talk about Saturday’s tragedy. The center, located in Human Sciences West 101, will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 thru Thursday, Oct. 29. No appointments are necessary.
Employees can also call our on campus Employee Assistance Program at 405-744-6415.