AUBURN, Ind. – 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.
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.
A passenger in Padilla’s car, 16-year-old fellow player Lucas Oberkiser, died overnight Tuesday. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $4,000 to cover his medical costs.
Among those tweeting support for Oberkiser and DeKalb was Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
DeKalb’s game Friday was canceled.
Thank you, @AdamShearNBCfw for the great clip! https://t.co/h99Xo9Bra5— DeKalbHighSchool (@DeKalbHS) September 5, 2016
DeKalb football player dies in car accident before game
The DeKalb Central community wishes to express our sincerest condolences to Derek & his family & continued prayers for Lucas and his family.— DeKalbHighSchool (@DeKalbHS) September 3, 2016