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Schools Rally Around Crash Victims


Support continues for three students involved in a deadly crash.

Two Marian High School girls were critically hurt, and an Elkhorn Mount Michael boy was killed.

The football game between Elkhorn Mount Michael and Elkhorn South had a theme Friday night, "Two schools, one team."

Both schools planned what they called a "Red Out."

Everyone wore black and red to honor Nate LaFave who died in last week's crash.

After a tragedy, Elkhorn South and Mount Michael Schools came together to honor LaFave.

For his mother, Beth LaFave, the support from so many means a lot.

"It's been very difficult. It's been the most difficult thing in our lives, but the support from Mount Michael, the spiritual support, has really been the only thing that's held me together," she said.

However, now she can count on the support from Elkhorn South as well; a school her family previously had no ties with.

At the "Red Out," they wore black and red to honor LaFave.

There was face paint, red and black pom-poms, and it was hard to miss LaFave's name spelled across the chests of several fans.

The Elkhorn South dance team even gave up the night's earnings from their normal fundraiser to the Nate LaFave Memorial Fund.

At a volleyball tournament Friday night, it was a similar story.

Marian cheerleaders honored their missing teammates, Maddy Shely, and Carly Kelly, who were critically injured in the accident.

They wore pink and purple bows.

Pink is Carly's favorite color, and purple is Maddie's.

"They were a huge part of our cheer team, and they were wonderful athletes, so we want to remember them, and remember how hard they worked in cheer," said Marian's cheer captain, Emma Henderson.

Those cheerleaders have also been selling bows in memory of LaFave.

So far, they've raised nearly $4,000 selling those bows which will go to the three victim's families.

For LaFave's mother, the support is overwhelming.

"It's just heart warming. It's all the support of the people I know, and the people I don't know that have reached out to us that's just getting us through this and everything," she said.

Shely has been released from the hospital to a rehab facility in Lincoln.

Kelly remains in critical condition, but continues to recover.


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