Brockport (WROC-TV/WSYR-TV) - Friends and officials at SUNY Brockport reflect on the past year since a college freshman was killed in her dorm room.
"I don't think there is a day that has gone by that I haven't thought about it at least a little bit. I mean really not one day," said Jason Morini.
The pool is where Alexandra Kogut spent most of her short time at SUNY Brockport.
The stand-out athlete was the varsity swimming captain in high school.
In the fall of 2012, she was ready to start the next chapter of her life on the college swim team, but sadly she never got the chance.
"She was the best friend that anyone could ever have. She was a shoulder to cry on; someone to laugh with. She always knew how to make you happy. She was just a great friend to anyone," Samantha Turner said.
On September 29, 2012, students at SUNY Brockport woke up to find their world changed.
Their classmate, Alexandra Kogut, was dead in her dorm room at McLean Hall and her boyfriend was charged with murder.
"Immediately I came to the scene. We had all of our responders there; all the appropriate response, but it was still a great shock. We have a safe campus. We really didn't anticipate anything like this," said SUNY Brockport President John Halstead.
"It was a total shock. I didn't even think it was real. It was like I was in a dream," Paige Whitney recalled.
"My reaction was I was shocked, heartbroken; I didn't really know what was going on. I was scared," Turner said.
The heartbreak and shock that turned Brockport upside down also brought the campus together in a way that no one could ever imagine.
"As much as it stinks, it brought us together and we really were able to support each other and I think that was the only way we got through last year; was each other," said Heather Ryan, who was Alex’s Residential Advisor at SUNY Brockport.
"The way they came together; the initial vigils, everything purple. Everything purple because that was Alex's favorite color and it also signifies a stance against domestic violence," Halstead said.
As seasons change and time goes on, friends say they will never forget Alex - whether it was the first impression she left on someone or a friend she grew up with.
"The first class we actually had together and we recognized each other and we were scared little freshmen. So that's the first time we met and from then on we were really close," Turner said. "We just clicked right away and I knew from then on we'd be great friends."
"She was the most bubbly person I think I have ever met. Always a smile on her face, always trying to get other people to smile too," Whitney said.
"Sam and I went to dinner with her one time and this is something that sticks into my mind. One of the other residents was sitting by themselves and Alex was like 'can we go sit with them?' It was just like 'awe, yes of course we can,'" said Ryan.
"We felt like the one thing we could do was make this team something Alex would be proud of and we think about that often," Morini said.
Alex's life ended on campus, but her memory still lives on. Those words now forever etched in the hearts and minds at SUNY Brockport.
On Sunday, SUNY Brockport will hold a vigil in Kogut's honor.