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Tears & laughter at Cabe brothers memorial

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Tuesday afternoon, the Cameron University Theater was overflowing with friends and family of the Cabe brothers to remember and celebrate their lives. As we reported last week, Phillip and Marshall Cabe, both Cameron grads, died in a plane crash in Hawaii during a skydiving tour.

There were two things that happened on Tuesday, a memorial ceremony and a ceremony hosted by the fraternity brothers in another room, where they got circle around each other and share stories about Phillip and Marshall.

It was an emotional afternoon for everyone at the theater that day.

The eternal light ceremony put on by their Sigma Tau Gamma brothers was intimate, and brought tears and laughter to the group as they talked about special moments they had with the brothers.

"We just came together as brothers and we tried to really just live again through them,” said Colten Rancourt, fraternity brother. “Just share one last story, one last memory, just to see how they all touched our lives."

Rancourt, and many others gathered in a circle, and remembered a time when they got caught up in a long conversation with Phillip, or Marshall made them laugh. Family and friends also listened, laughed and cried during every memory. Some were wearing shirts with the brother's pictures on the front and the words 'I Promise' on the back. A praise that was tattooed on the brothers, as a promise to each other that they will always be there.

They all ended the ceremony in the dark, walking out in silence with lit candles.

Rancourt says that means the brothers will always be there with them.

"Even though that the candle, our candle is extinguished, the single candle, the lone candle, the original one still lives on through everybody else that's come before us and after us,” said Rancourt.

Rancourt says the fraternity has played a large role in the Cabes' lives, and also now in their deaths.

"One of the things that we wanted to do for the family is to just shield them from the sorrow, the sadness and the grief and just let them know that there are a lot of people who are there for them," said Rancourt.

During the memorial that was closed to camera, there were a lot of tears during the moments when someone would break down during their eulogy. But there was also laughter and fun, specifically when Phillip and Marshall’s older brother turned on the music and asked people to join him on stage for a dance party, as the brothers would have wanted them to do.

Something that happened just this week, a memorial scholarship has been established at Cameron University in memory of Phillip and Marshall, so that they can forever give back to the community.

If you wish to donate to the scholarship, you can do so with the Cameron University Foundation under the Phillip and Marshall Cabe Memorial Fund.

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