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Citadel News Service

Jan. 21, 2004

Citadel family mourns the death of cadet

          Cadet David Cooper Gasque died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, in a head-on collison on U.S. 17 in Colleton County. Gasque was enroute to Charleston from his home in Beaufort.

          A campus memorial service is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 in Summerall Chapel for Citadel cadets, facutly and staff.

          A junior majoring in business administration,
Gasque was a squad sergeant and a member of Romeo Company. Born in Charleston, Gasque, 20, graduated from Beaufort High School and was a member of The Citadel Class of 2005.

          Gasque died when his 1997 Jeep Wrangler crossed the center line of U.S. 17 near Green Pond and struck a southbound 2000 Oldsmobile Bravado driven by Kassandra Maureen Leek, 20, a student at the College of Charleston who also was from Beaufort.

          Gasque is survived by his parents, David E. and Dana Cook Gasque; three brothers, Colin Gasque, Cody Gasque and Conner Gasque of Beaufort; maternal grandparents Bobby Cook and Peggy Cook of North Myrtle Beach; paternal grandmother Dora Gasque of Dillon; and two maternal great-grandmothers, Inez Cook of Lakeview and Helen Jones of Greenville.

          Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004 at the Baptist Church of Beaufort where Gasque was a member. Burial took place in Beaufort Memorial Gardens.

          The family suggests memorials can be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort, P.O. Box 879, Beaufort, SC 29901.