Last night while driving through New Hartford I saw the service being held for New Hartford teen Alex Kogut. Streets were filled with people waiting to pay their respects. At least two blocks were full when I drove by around 7. Alex will be laid to rest today. 

The funeral for the SUNY Brockport student who was killed in her dorm room will take place at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford at noon. Hugh R. Jones Elementary School in Utica is closing at 11:00 o’clock today to allow staff and students to attend the funeral and pay their respects.

An online guestbook for those wishing to express condolences to the family has been set up.  Everyone is also being encouraged to wear purple tomorrow in honor of Alex.
The following was posted on a Facebook page set up Remembering Alex Kogut.

Please help Utica College Physical Therapy Society spread awareness of Domestic Violence and in remembrance of Alexandra.  On October 5, 2012 we would like to honor and remember Alexandra Kogut by wearing purple. Please do spread the word and wear purple on Friday. It would be awesome to see a “sea of purple” all over the area. This event is open to anyone that would like to remember Alexandra and create awareness for Domestic Violence.

Purple bracelets reading 'Love Shouldn't Hurt' are being sold at MVCC for $1. Friends are sharing pictures of the candlelight vigil held earlier this week for Alex. Hannah Rayhill posted this touching picture from the vigil .

Hannah Rayhill/Facebook

It isn't just Central New York remembering Alex.  This Facebook picture came all the way from Miami.

Nil Patel/Facebook


Remember to wear purple tomorrow.  Send us pictures of your tribute and we'll post them on our website to raise awareness during Domestic Violence month.