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Chief Leschi Daffodil Princess Dies of Apparent Suicide

Daffodil Princess Alexandria Tyler Cole from Chief Leschi Schools died on tribal land, a spokesman for the Puyallup Tribe confirmed today. Her fellow princesses posted remembrances on Facebook: "Today I lost a sister," one wrote.

Daffodil Festival Princess Alexandria Tyler Cole from Chief Leschi High School has died, according to a statement from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and an article in The News Tribune.

Cole's death is "under investigation as an apparent suicide" and is being investigated by tribal police, the FBI and Pierce County Medical Examiner. The FBI is involved because her death was on tribal property. She was a member of the Quinault Nation.

Today's royal court appearances were cancelled but the Daffodil Parade is to go on as scheduled this Saturday in Tacoma, Puyallup Sumner and Orting. Festival organizers plan to place a photo of Cole on her seat on the Queen's Float.

By late afternoon, the Daffodil Festival had released a photo of Cole in her dress with the words "Once a Princess, always a Princess" next to it.

"She had a heart for community service and loved each opportunity to spend with children," the accompanying statement said.

Many of Cole's fellow Daffodil Princesses took to Facebook to eulogize their friend, a volleyball player who planned to study nursing at Washington State University.

"Today I lost a sister," wrote Cinthia Vazquez of Clover Park. "RIP Alex."

Bonney Lake's princess, Angela Crone, left a comment under the photo: "♥ always in our hearts."

And Morgan Butler-Koler of Orting added, "Rest in Peace Baby Girl."

Here is the full statement that the Daffodil Festival posted on its website:

The Daffodil Festival had a loss to our family today, April 11, 2012. Princess Alexandria Cole passed away Wednesday morning. Alexandria was selected as the Chief Leschi Princess representative to the Daffodil Festival in October of 2011. She always greeted people with a contagious smile and her warm personality.

Alexandria quickly bonded with the other 23 Daffodil Princesses and formed lasting relationships that all Daffodil Festival Princesses enjoy each year. She enjoyed spending time with children at the libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs and at elementary schools. She had a heart for community service and loved each opportunity to spend with children.

Alexandria had plans to attend Washington State University and become a registered nurse.

The Daffodil Festival and Royalty have heavy hearts as the loss of Alexandria leaves an empty void. The Grand Florale Parade will continue on Saturday. The Daffodil Festival will honor Alexandria by placing her photo on her seat on the Queen's Float. Although the Royalty will still wave and smile to the crowd, they will still be hurting whenever they see her empty seat.

Elaine Smalls April 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, and a purpose to everything under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stone, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to keep speak; A time to LOVE, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of PEACE............. sweetie..... and my condolence to your loved ones.
Christie Anderson April 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
How terribly sad! My heart goes out to all those close to her. May God comfort them in their hour of grief.
bjlee206 April 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
This sets a bad example for other teens. To worship this girl post mortem does the same. People who do this are either cowards or mentally. Ill.
Missy April 15, 2012 at 05:35 AM
My heart goes out to her family. God called for her and she must go. My prayers are with her family and the daffodil family
Harold L. Carter April 16, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Alexandria is my grandson Tony's sister. I knew her as loving, caring young lady with so much more to offer the world, but her life has been cut short. Her memory will live in us.who knew and loved her forever. Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless each of you Harold & Phyllis Carter Shelbyville, Indiana 46176

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