SAPULPA, Okla. — It’s been just over a month since three Moore High School students were killed and three others injured after a deadly hit and run.
On Thursday, Sapulpa Chieftains Cross Country team came together to honor those students, their families and the school ahead of Moore's first home track meet Friday.
Three white balloons were released in honor of Rachel Freeman, Yuridia Martinez and Kolby Crum, the three students who died.
The school also released three blue balloons to honor the survivors and three red ones to honor Moore's track and cross country team and the Moore high school families.
The Sapulpa students reflected on the tragedy by running for 10 minutes.
“I would be absolutely devastated if anything happened to any of my team members and it’s hard to even imagine how the Moore kids feel,” said junior Leona Crowl.
“This is just something that is out of the ordinary and we need to definitely address it," said Mason Quinton, a sophomore at Sapulpa High School.
A family is how cross country Coach Debbie Williams describes her team.
She hopes by supporting #10MOOREminutes will help the Moore community in the healing process.
“It’s just hard to imagine that students who are doing what their coaches ask could be on the receiving end of something so tragic,” said Williams.
Alexander Peiffer’s has a 16-year-old daughter on the Salpulpa Cross Country team.
He ran not only for his daughter, and the students, but the parents of those killed.
“When communities come together like this, that’s what helps families get through times like this," Peiffer said. "As a parent, you obviously want nothing to happen to your kid but there’s some things you can’t control. You can hope for the bests in people but it doesn’t always work out.”
The run reminding everyone..
“Every day is precious," said Crowl. "Every run is precious.”
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