Grandview community rallies together after fatal crash
Community members in Grandview are rallying together tonight to support the families of the three teenagers involved in Tuesday night's fatal car crash.
Two of those teenagers died, and one still remains at a Richland hospital.
Students and parents at Grandview High School are holding several fundraisers tonight at the varsity basketball games inside the school's gym.
Organizers say the support for the fundraisers has been overwhelming, and students say they're hoping this brings the community together.
Grandview High School junior Jamila Shafer had an English class with Kevin Lopez, and says it will never be the same without him there.
"He was really loud, outgoing person. So it's kind of hard sitting there. It's really quiet now, and it just doesn't feel the same" said Shafer.
Lopez and Carlos Ochoa, both 16 years old, died Tuesday night after a tragic car crash in Benton County.
The two teens were in a car with 17 year-old Jovannie Razo.
Razo was driving on Evans Road - just outside Grandview, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree.
Razo survived, but has been hospitalized.
"It's really hard. I don't want him to die. I'm just afraid of losing him" said Armando Ambriz, friend.
Now, the Grandview community is rallying together to support the families of the three teens.
The Grandview Booster Club originally planned to hold a three-point shoot out as a fundraiser tonight at the school's varsity basketball games.
But then a dash for a cash was added, and some people will be selling bracelets.
And that's not all.
"Businesses in the community and individuals have started donating things. So to be able to give those things out, were gonna do a raffle tonight" said Dan Hall Grandview Booster Club.
People from across the region have also stepped up to support the families.
The booster club is receiving checks from the Tri-Cities, even Spokane, but perhaps most touching - a Pasco student.
"We've got a student from Chiawana High School that's been saving up money to buy something, $195. And my wife is picking that up today" said Ray Shafer, Grandview Booster Club.
Students from nearby high schools have even written notes of support to the Grandview students.
The mood at the school has been somber, but acts like this are making a difference.
"Now, as we get ready to plan for tonight's events, I think people are a little apprehensive, but they're looking forward to the things tonight that will help us remember the good times" said Mike Closner, Grandview High School principal.
Students know tonight's efforts won't bring their classmates back, but they hope it will bring everyone closer together - so they can get through this difficult time.
"I'm doing pretty good. Just knowing they're in Heaven now, and it's a better place for them. So we'll see them soon" said Shafer.
Students at Grandview High School have already approached Closner about creating a memorial at the school for the students involved in the crash.
They're looking at planting a tree on campus, and putting a plaque next to it with the students names on it.
Benton County sheriff's deputies are still investigating the crash.
They believe Razo was speeding.