Mourning their sisters


The vigil held by Delta Delta Delta sorority, honoring Christine Hunter, 18 at Ruby Street Park, Wednesday, Dec. 2. Another vigil was held in honor of Morgan Cope, 20, at Pi Beta Phi sorority. Both WSU students died in traffic collisions during the weekend before Thanksgiving.

From staff reports

Students, chapter members and the Pullman community joined together on Greek row in remembrance of Delta Delta Delta’s Christine Hunter and Pi Beta Phi’s Morgan Cope.

Cope, 20, passed away in in a traffic collision on Nov. 22, and Hunter, 18, in a collision on Nov. 20.

A vigil was held in recognition of both women, accompanied by hundreds on Greek row: community members and many from different chapters came to show their respects to both girls.

The vigil opened with Kassidi Sorensen, Tri-Delta’s vice president of public relations, thanking the attendees for their love and support.

Sidney Ritter, who was in the car with Hunter and transported to the hospital for serious injuries, is making tremendous progress, said Hannah Swanson, a member of Tri-Delta.

“Sidney is a fighter,” Swanson said. “Please continue to pray for her.”

Both women’s respective sororities gathered to live in their memories. Words of love and remorse poured from Hunter and Cope’s sorority sisters, the vigil concluding with each chapter’s sorority song.

After the vigil for Hunter had concluded, a benefit spaghetti dinner was underway with a five dollar admission. All proceeds are to be split among the three women’s families.

Around seven p.m., a memorial service for Morgan Cope was underway, and everybody involved in the vigil and dinner was invited to the Pi Beta Phi house. A concert choir opened the ceremony, and attendees were handed balloons from inside the house.

Cope’s parents could not attend, but the ceremony was recorded for them.

Among the memories shared, Cope’s roommate and longtime friend, Kaitlin Miller, told stories ranging from Cope’s love of singing, their late night grilled cheese runs and how she would just be in their dorm room sitting in her pink-onesie waiting to greet her.

“I think giving happiness to others was one of her greatest powers,” Miller said.

Reporting by Darold Lee Bivens