COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND FAMILY WHO LOST OFFICER

Dornell Cousette

There’s been a tremendous amount of love and support coming from the Tuscaloosa community for fallen Police Investigator Dornell Cousette and his family.

There are already several fundraising efforts under way for Cousette’s daughters, but now students are supporting their classmates who are suddenly without a father.

One of those daughters belongs to her school’s volleyball team, and the team itself has begun taking up money to help support them. In just one day the teams raised more than $700.

“It was pretty sad to find out about it, because me and (Cousette’s daughter) have been friends since first or second grade,” said volleyball team member Maggie Hooper.

Teacher and coach Candace Baker said giving back is a great way to show how much they care for their own.

“Our message is that we love you and we’re here for you, and we’re here to help in whatever way we can,” she said. “This collecting some money is just a little way that we can show that we’re here to help.”

Shelton State Community College is hosting a public funeral service Sunday at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.

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