DEKALB, Ind. (AP): An online fundraising campaign has raised nearly $12,000 of the $20,000 goal to pay for the funeral costs of a northeastern Indiana high school football player killed in a traffic accident hours before he was to play in a game.
— DeKalbHighSchool (@DeKalbHS) September 5, 2016
A GoFundMe account was established after 17-year-old running back Derek Padilla of DeKalb High School died at the scene of the three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at a rural intersection west of Auburn.
Padilla’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
EVERYONE WEAR ALL BLACK AND RED TO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY TO HONOR DEREK PADILLA, AND LUCAS OBERKISER #PrayForDekalb
— Chandler Ritter (@chandog101) September 5, 2016
A passenger in Padilla’s car, 16-year-old fellow player Lucas Oberkiser, remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $5,000 to cover his medical costs.
Among those tweeting support for Oberkiser and DeKalb were Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and talk show host Montel Williams.
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) September 5, 2016
DeKalb’s game against New Haven Friday was canceled.