Sask. funeral homes gathering messages of support for Humboldt crash victims

Apr 13, 2018, 03:52
Sask. funeral homes gathering messages of support for Humboldt crash victims

And that's why, I think, I know we all think it's really important right now that we let the people of Humboldt know that they're not alone in this, that we share in this.

SJHL President Bill Chow said a lot of plans have been put together very quickly and with a lot of co-operation from other organizations.

Last Friday, April 6, the Humboldt Broncos hockey team's bus collided with a semi-truck on a highway, en route to a playoff hockey game.

A GoFundMe account raising money for the victims' families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 14 others is setting records.

Pinch urges participants to post a photo of themselves in a jersey on social media with #jerseysforhumboldt.

"It definitely hit home", said Seawolves head coach Bruce Watkinson.

The news of the accident resonated with players, parents and coaches in Prince Rupert because the city's teams spend a significant amount of time on the road during the season travelling to games and tournaments.

Local artist Deanna Brown has created a pencil drawing of a Humboldt Broncos player with angel's wings that has been gaining worldwide attention.

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"We've gotten messages now from China, Australia, England, all over the United States, Mexico, we're just beyond excited our little message is getting so much coverage", said Pinch. She says hosting an event like this helps show their support and solidarity with the community.

"Lord God, you are the light that illumines the darkness", he prayed.

"He said 'that's the window I flew out of and that's where I landed on the pavement, ' " Tom said.

One supporter, who took part from NY, placed a hockey stick on her porch along with fifteen heart votive candles-one for each of the victims.

"It's just one of those things that you just fear would never happen to you or anyone", he said.

"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this bad tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Trudeau tweeted Saturday.

"They may not notice this for a month or even a year, but they will know that in their dark, dark time, there was a worldwide community supporting them and it will be nice to know that they weren't alone as they probably feel right now".