Chief Leschi senior and 2012 Daffodil Festival Royalty Alexandria Cole has been found dead.
The beautiful, smart young woman was on the brink of graduating from Chief Leschi High School after a successful academic career, and had a reputation for being intelligent, kind, and proud of her Native American Heritage.
The Quinault tribal member was the daughter of Christina Cole, and spent much time with her grandmother and grandfather Barbara and Joe Hipp.
Alexandria spent her time outside of class playing volleyball, helping with school leadership activities, and had taken up boxing – one of her beloved grandfather’s talents.
Following graduation, Alexandria had planned to attend University of Washington to become a registered nurse.
Alexandria Cole was selected by her school as their Daffodil Festival Princess in October, and was in the midst of enjoying the many duties and public appearances required of the Daffodil Court this spring. The 79th Grand Floral Parade scheduled for April 14 will still go on.
The details of her death are still unknown at this time, and are being investigated by Puyallup Tribal Police, the FBI and the Pierce County Medical Examiner.