Joining the family at the funeral were countless others to remember a young woman they described as one of the most loving and caring human beings they had ever met. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us how Alexandra Kogut's friends and family memorialized her outside of her funeral service.
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Purple became the color of New Hartford during a week spent mourning the loss of Alex Kogut, 18.
On Monday, New Hartford High School wore purple to school. At a vigil Wednesday night, she was remembered with purple candles as a selfless friend.
"I guess the way that no matter what was going on, she would always be there for you, regardless of how upset she was in her own life," said Shae Kallasy, vigil organizer.
As people arrived to remember her at her funeral Thursday, the streets flooded with the color.
"She was a wonderful person, she was always smiling. And if she saw you not smiling, she would make you smile," swimming teammate from New Hartford and Brockport, Paige Whitney, said.
The only group with little purple on, only sporting purple ribbons in their hair, Kogut's swim teammates from New Hartford High School and Brockport came to say goodbye to their good friend.
"She may not have been one of the fastest girls on the team but she was by far, had the most heart," Whitney said.
It was clear swimming meant a lot to Kogut and she meant a lot to her teammates and friends, a connection that won't be soon lost.
"On these warm ups and on our t-shirt warm ups, we're going to get her initials marked on our sleeve so she'll be with us no matter what," Whitney said.
Her friends say the service itself captured Kogut perfectly, citing passages of love and kindness, exactly what they will remember her for.