Updated: 4:38 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013 | Posted: 2:51 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013

Friends, family pay respects to UD student


UD student funeral photo
Family members receive condolences during the visitation and service for University of Dayton student Larry D'Carlos Cook, at Quinn Chapel AME Church in Forest Park, Monday, April 8, 2013. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

By News Staff

More than 700 people gathered today to remember Larry Cook, the University of Dayton freshman who died last week on campus.

Many wore Cook’s favorite color, red, during funeral services at Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church in Forest Park. They remembered the 18-year-old, a chemical engineering major, for his determination, wit and deep respect for people. Friends and family also recalled him as a mentor for troubled youth, a member of the UD National Debate team, a member of the university minority engineering program and a representative for the Office of Multicultural Affairs annual retreat.

Authorities said Cook died April 2 on campus after falling from a sixth-story window of the Stuart Hall Complex residence. His death was ruled a suicide by the Montgomery County Corner, but his family has hired noted Florida attorney Christopher Chestnut to investigate that ruling. During the funeral, speakers said Cook was an active member of a suicide prevention group during high school and discount he killed himself.

Those at the funeral were invited to an event that will be held on campus Tuesday by those who say Cook’s death was not a suicide. Family and friends are holding a “Living for Larry C” event at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the university entrance at 205 College Park Ave.

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