On Monday, September 25 the Texas Tech flag was lowered at Memorial Circle in memory of student, Cole McReynolds.
McReynolds died on September 4 at 23-years-old. McReynolds a sophomore engineering major from Plano. Friends of McReynolds shared that his sudden passing came as a shock, and that his loss was immediately felt on campus.
“He was just a big goofball. He impacted a lot of people in the community. Once we found out that Cole passed away the outpouring of love and sympathy and prayers were offered because Cole was just well known in the community,” said Melissa Silva, TTU senior, and a friend of McReynolds.
Silva shared that she and McReynolds met three years ago at a treatment center she worked for, and that he would come to events hosted by the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech. She said that she was proud of him for his desire to be apart of the recovery community.
“We used to talk whenever he was having a hard time. His smile was contagious, and he’s going to be missed by many and we love him and we can’t wait until we meet again.”
In response to McReynolds’ passing, university officials expressed their condolences and shared why it’s important that they lower the flag stating:
“The Texas Tech community is a family. Our students, faculty and staff are at the core of the university. To lower the flag in honor of those who have passed is the least that can be done to show appreciation for their service to the university.”
The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released McReynolds’ exact cause of death.