Family & Community Show Support After Death of Basketball Player
Locals are banding together to help the family of a Guyer High School student whose life was tragically cut short last month.
Corey West, a sophomore who played JV basketball, was walking to a 7-11 with a McMath Middle School student when he was hit by a car. Denton Police reported that it happened about 7:30 p.m. at the crossing of Loop 288 and McKinney Avenue when a Jeep, traveling southbound in the far right lane, struck him. The students were walking east to west.
Mission Moms of Lantana is serving food to the family and helping with funeral expenses. You can donate at http://www.missionmoms.org/#!donate/c1ghi. Sources say the family of Corey West does not have insurance to cover a funeral.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help with final expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/coreywest. So far $16,179 has been raised on that page.
School counselors were available at Guyer High in the days after West’s death.“We had additional counseling staff on hand to help our students and staff deal with the impact of Corey’s death …” said Mario Zavala, Denton ISD spokesman. “We also had extra administrators at Guyer to help fill in when teachers and students needed to talk with counselors in a group or if teachers needed to take a leave to gather their thoughts and/or feelings.
“The sudden loss of a student is always tough, so we want to reiterate to our students and staff that we are a family and are there for them in these heartbreaking times.”
Friend and family posted notes on social media in honor of West. One of them, Wildcats team captain Zach Garza, had taken West under his wing last year, showing him moves and teaching him how to get a spot on the Guyer varsity team.
“I really miss him. I wish I could tell him that I played this game for him,” Garza said in an article on the Wildcats’ website.
Around the area, other communities reached out to show support. All of the Lake Dallas High School basketball team wore blue ribbons on their shoes in solidarity with Guyer. Northwest High boasted a sign at their game, “#11 is N our (hearts).” West wore 11 on his jersey.
The South Garland basketball team sent a note and a cookie bouquet to show support. Frenchy’s Lawn Service posted a message on one of its trucks, offering thoughts and prayers to West’s family.
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