“What so many people say is that you have 2 dates that define you. But really, it’s that dash in between that defines who you are. And Quinn being only 18 had so much definition and lived such an amazing life. And obviously touched so many people as you can see,” said Katrena Garoutte, a family friend
Those who spoke say Cooper had a personality that was out of this world.
“Quinn was funny, smart, compassionate, gentle hearted, great with puns, he loved to dance and gave the best hugs ever,” explained Garoutte.
Another friend said “I love the smile he gave so freely. And those dimples.”
And another,”I’ll never forget him. He was the sweetest kid in the world.”
He wanted to be everyone’s friend and enjoyed everything from MMA boxing to dancing and drama class.
“He was supposed to take his brown belt [test] today. Larry is going to take his brown belt test for him. Quinn will still receive his certificate,” Garoutte told the audience.
There was only a brief mention of the tragedy that took his life.
But this day was about celebrating the life that was and now is.
“To this retired educated teachers eyes, he will be a natural fit as an angel. And I for one feel comfort knowing on your staff you employ an antler headed, ninja clothed, MMA loving, dancing, partly pigeon toed angel,” said Brad Allen, Cooper’s high school drama teacher.
While it’s clear the hearts of so many are still broken, they feel at peace knowing this exuberant 18 year old is watching from up above.