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Fundraisers started for families of Kelowna students who died in car crash

A memorial with a photo of Samara Haverko has been set up at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Cook Road following the car accident, May 26, 2021.
May 28, 2021 - 12:24 PM

Two GoFundMe has been started for the families of Kelowna students who was killed in a car crash this week.

Samara Haverko was one of three Kelowna Secondary School students who were killed following a late night car accident, May 26.

Organizer Terra Le Claire put together a GoFundMe for her family, May 27. She wrote on the GoFundMe page Haverko graduated a year early with honours and planned to become a marine biologist. She worked two part time jobs and was saving money for her education.

READ MORE: Memorial set up for Kelowna students who died in car crash

Le Claire said the fundraiser goal of $10,000 will go towards funeral expenses. She could not be immediately reached for comment.

A second GoFundMe has been created by the KSS parent advisory council with the money raised going to all three families of the victims.

The KSS 2021 graduating class is also hanging black and yellow ribbons, KSS gear and colours on their doorsteps in honour of the students who died in the crash, “to help everyone remember, heal and move forward,” according to an Instagram story from the KSS grad class.

They are asking the community to do the same.

Just after midnight, May 26, RCMP and B.C. Ambulance paramedics responded to a single-vehicle collision in the intersection of Gordon Drive and Cook Road. Officers arrived to find an extensively damaged black Honda Civic sedan with three occupants. The 18-year-old female driver, an 18-year-old male passenger and a 17-year-old female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The GoFundMe for Samara Haverko's family can be found here.

The KSS parent advisory council GoFundMe can be found here.

— This story was updated at 2 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2021 to include a second GoFundMe fundraiser.

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