Cooper Memorial

By: Vinita Nair
By: Vinita Nair

The memorial service for 21-year-old Jenna Marie Cooper took place yesterday at Memorial stadium at 3pm.

Following brief comments from UNL Athletic Director Steve Pederson, Cooper's soccer coach, John Walker, took the podium.

He spoke about the first time he saw Cooper play in Kentucky, and her aspirations as a leader. During his speech, he congratulated her parents for, "raising a girl anyone would love to have as a daughter."

Cooper's family, who resides in Kentucky, recieved a framed plaque of their daughter's jersey. Jenna's tearful mother spoke for a few moments, admitting her daughter would be embarassed at what a poor public speaker she was.

She talked about what a miracle her daughter was, and how she had no regrets for allowing her to come to Nebraska.

Follwing the ceremony, Cooper's family stayed to meet the other players from the team and recieve condolensces. She leaves behind her mother, Ellen Cooper, her father, William Cooper, and her brother Billy Cooper.

The family has set up a memorial in their daughter's name. The proceeds will go towards the UNL soccer program.

Cooper was selected as team captain for the 2004 season, in addition to being voted the most valuable player. She earned first team All-Big 12 and honorable mention All-American honors in 2003. She had been studying mechanical engineering.


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