Friends and Family Remember Fallen Aggie Soldier

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The Army confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it was Second Lt. Zachary Cook who died in Tuesday's crash.

Four members of Texas Military Forces were also on board and at last word were listed in stable condition.

The downed Black Hawk was transporting Aggie cadets to and from Bastrop for a military training, and while the aircraft could hold 11, only five were on-board. That's because A&M officials say the chopper was headed to Easterwood Airport to re-fuel.

But, in the midst of tragedy, the Aggie family is coming together to remember the life of Zac Cook.

More than a hundred members of the A&M Corps of Cadets gathered at the scene of crash to salute, pray and pay their final respects to the recent Aggie graduate.

Flowers, notes and final visits from friends and family-- a lone tree now bears the final remembrances of a fallen Army Lieutenant and Aggie whose life ended to soon.

"We just can't believe this friend of ours who just got commissioned in December, just got his Lieutenant bars, is now gone," Friend Jonathan Wilder said.

It's was during his time as a member of the A&M Corps of Cadets Jonathan Wilder says he had the privilege to work side by side with Cook.

"Over the course of our years here, he and I were in the same ROTC classes, the same training classes-- similar to the one he was going on, the same labs and everything."

During their corps training, Wilder says Cook got him through some of the rough patches.

"A lot of times when I was having a hard time during an exercise, he was there. He was always encouraging, a really great guy. I'm going to miss him a lot."

As loved ones gather to grieve and leave behind the silent tributes, family members say they're remembrances speak volumes to the person Zac was.

"He was a great friend; my feelings and prayers go out to his family," Wilder said.


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