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'My heart sunk': Oak Creek family seeks answers after memorial bench destroyed

Oak Creek family seeks answers on vandalism of memorial park bench
Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 08:50:18-05

OAK CREEK — An Oak Creek woman's heart sunk after seeing what vandals did to her father's memorial bench.

About a year and a half ago, Elizabeth Sparks' father Joseph Cocking was killed in a motorcycle accident.

The former Marquette Hockey coach was 56 years old.

This past Sunday, Sparks happened to be driving past Bender Park with her daughter.

"I asked her, 'Do you wanna see grandpa's bench?!' As soon as I saw the bench I just... my heart dropped."

Soon her entire family would come out to see what vandals did with red spray paint.

People have come to help try to clean it up. No one knows when this happened or why.

"Heartbreaking that people are so inconsiderate you know," said John Cocking Jr., brother.

They hope what happened will help spotlight a hockey scholarship fund created in Joseph's memory.

"Our goal is to really help individuals who may not be able to afford or participate in activities that allow them to build character," said Sparks.

They want it to spread his love of hockey. Cocking was the coach of the Marquette Eagles.

"When he asked to coach in-house hockey for Marquette University, the kids he coached in high school recommended him," said John Cocking Jr.

The Oak Creek Police are now investigating.

Click here to learn more about the Joseph Cocking Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund.