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Nearly a thousand turn out to honor local teen

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Services for Kasey Nicole Waychoff were held on Friday at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound.

Between 800 to 1,000 people attended the funeral. The mourners included 300 to 330 people who traveled from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, in about 50 cars and four buses.

Flower Mound’s Creekwood Christian Church Senior Minister Jeff Howell delivered the eulogy for the 19-year old Flower Mound High School 2012 graduate and Oklahoma State University sophomore.

Howell remembered a number of highlights from Waychoff’s life, from her freshman and sophomore year spent in Singapore with her family to her work at OSU. Her love of travel led to a major in International Business and she was recently accepted to study abroad in Shanghai, China. 

“Her unforgettable and ever-present smile lit up our world and will forever be in the hearts of all who knew her,” said Howell.

Waychoff died after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver on March 21 in Gulf Shores, Ala., while she was vacationing during Spring Break with some of her Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters from OSU. She was hit by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk with friends around 1:45 a.m. on that Friday and died a short time later.

The driver, Justin Lott, 29, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and manslaughter. He is currently out on bond, but is required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, as well as an alcohol monitor bracelet.

Donations can be made to the following scholarship funds:

•    OSU Foundation, Kasey Waychoff Scholarship – call Michal Shaw, 405-385-5147

•    Gamma Phi Beta, Kasey Waychoff Scholarship – send to 1405 W. 3rd Street, Stillwater, OK 74074

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers on Justin Rd. joined the community to honor Kasey’s memory.

Last Thursday, the Flower Mound restaurant donated all of its net proceeds from 5 to 9 p.m. to the new scholarship fund established in Kasey’s name at OSU.  In addition, Cane’s collected cash donations from customers through Sunday, generating approximately $3,500 in donations.

“We are so appreciative of the outpouring of prayers and support that we have received from the community,” said Kasey’s aunt, Kelly Waychoff Brown. “We have been touched beyond words by the acts of kindness from churches, businesses, media and individuals. Honoring Kasey’s life and memory will continue to lift us through the difficult times ahead.”

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