Reporting Jason Allen
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - It was a Father’s Day crash that killed four. Its impact though has spread to hundreds of teenagers who saw their friends nearly lose their lives, too. They filled soccer fields in north Fort Worth on Friday, in an effort to raise money for the victims and their families.
A soccer tournament may not be a traditional fundraiser or memorial. That was the sport though that connected some of the teens in the wreck near Burleson, and their friends from Keller ISD. Within hours of the crash Sunday, many of them were on Twitter, and Facebook, already proposing that they all go play, get people to pay, and see what they could raise to help.
The teens who organized the event didn’t know how many people would actually turn out. By mid-day Friday though there were enough people to fill out nine teams. Dozens more were there in support. In the afternoon heat they ran, and kicked, and paid for the privilege. Looking back at the impact of the crash, they understood why so many people did end up coming.
“It felt shocking,” said Zach Morris, a friend to some of those injured. “Because it doesn’t ever feel like it would happen to us but when it does — it’s devastating.”
One of those standing on the sidelines was Christian Victoria. He was in the pickup truck coming from a party, that hit and killed four people. He still had a hospital bracelet on his arm, but wasn’t seriously injured. He wouldn’t talk about anything from that night. He admitted though, that it had changed him.
“Growing up as kids you think your invincible, nothing bad will happen, until that one day that it completely changes for you and you realize not everyone is invincible,” he said.”
Players wore t-shirts with the names of two teens still recovering, Sergio Molina and Soliman Mohmand. They signed posters, said prayers and promised each other this wouldn’t be the only thing they would do to help.
They raised more than $2,900, enough that there are already plans for another event next week to add to the total. It will be given to friends, and the families of those who lost loved ones, for whatever they need.
“We didn’t expect summer to go anything like this,” said Logan Dierking. “We had a completely different mentality at the beginning of summer than what we have now.”
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