Mainland community comes together in grief

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MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning. MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

LINWOOD – The stadium was filled, and the overflow crowd gathered along the fence of the Mustang Corral at Mainland Regional High School Wednesday evening to honor and celebrate the life of incoming freshman Aisling Cooke, 14, who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries suffered in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

Cooke, a soccer player, was with her teammates heading to a soccer tournament at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland when their car was struck by another vehicle.

Members of the Mainland girls soccer team sat on the field Wednesday while Interim Superintendent Robert Previti talked about Cooke, her family and their strength.

The senior members of the soccer team presented Cooke’s mother, Deidre Cooke, with the No. 4 jersey her daughter would have been wearing this year when the season began.

 

Deidre Cooke, the mother of Aisling Cooke, clutches the No. 4 Mainland soccer jersey her daughter would have worn. The jersey was presented to her by the senior soccer players Wednesday evening at the candlelight vigil. Deidre Cooke, the mother of Aisling Cooke, clutches the No. 4 Mainland soccer jersey her daughter would have worn. The jersey was presented to her by the senior soccer players Wednesday evening at the candlelight vigil. After speeches, the stadium emptied and the crowd followed the soccer team to the girls soccer field, where an emotional candlelight vigil was held.

A viewing for Cooke will be held 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall in Linwood. There will be a church viewing and visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by a funeral service and Mass at 11 a.m.

A banner stretches across the podium on the football field at Mainland Regional High School where classmates, friends, staff and family honored Aisling Cooke’s life with a vigil Wednesday, Sept. 3. /Suzanne Marino A banner stretches across the podium on the football field at Mainland Regional High School where classmates, friends, staff and family honored Aisling Cooke’s life with a vigil Wednesday, Sept. 3./Suzanne Marino


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