Hundreds gathered to say a final farewell to a New Hartford woman who authorities say was beaten to death by her boyfriend.
Family and friends of the SUNY Brockport student packed into the pews at St. John the Evangelist Church to say goodbye to 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut.
She was remembered as a kind, beautiful young woman. Her Godparents read a statement from Alexandra's parents, asking people to remember her for the way she lived her life. "Our hope is that you celebrate her life and her love rather than remember the few tragic moments that took her from us," the statement read.
Kogut was the captain of her high school swim team. Many of her friends wore purple , Kogut's favorite color and a symbol for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Her New Hartford teammates lined the entrance to the church as the casket was brought in and out. New Hartford and Brockport teammate Paige Whitney said Kogut could brighten anyone's day.
"She by far had the most heart. She absolutely loved everyone on the team. Not only the New Hartford team but Brockport and she didn't even swim with us yet. Her love radiated to everyone she knew," said Whitney.
Her body was found early Saturday at the State University of New York College at Brockport, near Rochester, after her mother called campus police concerned because she couldn't reach her.
Clayton Whittemore of New Hartford pleaded not guilty to an initial charge of second-degree murder. Monroe County prosecutors say a grand jury voted to indict the 21-year-old late Wednesday, but details of the formal charges haven't been released yet.
A court appearance scheduled in Sweden Town Court for Thursday was canceled.
Kogut was the captain of her high school swim team. Many of her friends wore purple, Alex's favorite color.
Information from the Associated Press used in this article.