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CCBC Mourns the Loss of Student-Athlete Devin Cook

The college community is mourning the loss of CCBC Catonsville men’s lacrosse student-athlete Devin Cook who was a victim of off-campus violence on August 1.

Devin died at the scene in Park Heights, Md. at the 4700 block of Wilern Avenue. He was just 20 years old.

“He was a leader on the team and in the school,” said Bill Zopp, Cardinals head coach last season. “He didn’t let his environment define him. He worked to make those around him better and cared about his teammates.”

Having just completed his freshman year with the Cardinals, Cook was already making a positive impact. In his first season he played in 15 games and started five. He scored 13 goals and had nine assists for a total of 22 points.

During the same campaign, Cook scored three points or more on three occasions.  His best game was on April 17, when he scored three goals and assisted on two others against Monroe Community College.

“Devin was a student-athlete who not only showed his athletic talents, but from day one also showed the skills of a leader with a strong work ethic and teamwork,” said Greg Witkop, CCBC Catonsville assistant director of College Athletics.

Cook’s leadership and compassion was evident on and off the field.

Louis Laoure was also a freshman and Cook’s teammate. The Florida native sometimes felt homesick, unsure if he wanted to continue school at CCBC Catonsville.

“Devin was well-respected not just among the lacrosse players, but by all of the student-athletes at CCBC,” Laoure said. “He reminded me that I was here for a reason and with a purpose. He set that example for all of us and I know he will be missed.”

Cook’s legacy at CCBC will live on for a long time. Not for the amount of goals he scored, but for what he meant to those around him and the example that he set.

“Devin was everything we wanted from a prospect in our program,” Zopp said. “He was so motivated. He was a full-time student, a full-time athlete and a full-time worker. He was also a happy-go-lucky kid.”

Prior to joining CCBC, Cook attended National Academy Foundation, a public middle-high school in Baltimore City and spent time at Anne Arundel Community College before transferring to CCBC.

When Cook was a teenager, he played for the Warriors Lacrosse Club in Baltimore City. He also coached lacrosse for the Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy.

True to his good nature and love of the game, Cook spent time as a volunteer at the Green Street Academy, where he taught lacrosse to special-needs students.