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The welcome sign is shown in Humboldt, Sask., Saturday, April 7, 2018. RCMP say 14 people are dead and 14 people were injured Friday after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan. Police say there were 28 people including the driver on board the Humboldt Broncos bus when the crash occurred at around 5 p.m. on Highway 35 north of Tisdale.
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April 10, 2018 - 11:40 AM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops will be joining communities across the country in jersey day on April 12 to show respect to the victims and their families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The city will also keep the green flood lights lit for the week in honour of the hockey team.

In a media release, Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian expressed his condolences to the families of the Humboldt crash victims.

"As home to a minor hockey team, we feel the loss as if it's our own," Christian says. "Our deepest sympathies go out to the community as they mourn this tragic loss."

City officials also invite the community to particpate in jersey day on April 12. The idea came from a group of hockey moms based out of Langley, B.C. The mothers took on the initiative after expressing how relatable the event was to families all across Canada.

The Facebook page for jersey day currently has more than four thousand people attending in their own communities and has shown online interest all over North America.

Last Friday afternoon, 15 people were killed in a collision involving a semi-truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncs hockey team from Saskatchewan. The accident claimed the lives of players as young as 16 to 21 years old. 12 others remain in hospital with injuries and four of them are in critical condition.

The team was heading to Nipawin, a town two-hours northeast of Humboldlt, for a playoff game when the accident occurred. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by police.

The story of the Humboldt players bus crash has touched many and inspired several to show support through social media. Similar tributes from Kelowna residents poured in over social media this week.

Those who wish to participate can wear any sports jersey to show their support on April 12.

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