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Multiple fundraisers underway after tragic deaths of 3 Kelowna teens in car crash

KSS student Katelin Bevin was killed in a car crash in Kelowna, May 26, 2021.
Image Credit: GOFUNDME/Katelin Bevan Kelowna Memorial Fund
June 09, 2021 - 2:09 PM

Another online fundraiser has been started for the family of one of the Kelowna high school students who were killed in a car crash last month.

Kelowna Secondary School graduating students Katelin Bevan, Sarama Haverko and Ryan Thomson were killed when the Honda Civic they were in crashed in the intersection of Gordon Drive and Cook Road, May 26.

Since then, there has been an outpouring of support from the community, including multiple fundraisers. Residents have also placed KSS colours on their doorknobs to honour the students and their families and a former KSS teacher created a cartoon showing the community support.

READ MORE: Kelowna cartoonist depicts community raising flag for Kelowna Secondary School

The Katelin Bevan Kelowna Memorial Fund was started, May 28, to support the Bevan family. It has raised more than $9,000 out of its $10,000 goal as of June 9.

Jamie Harder, who is listed as the organizer, said on the fundraiser’s page that the Bevan family would like to establish a scholarship/bursary fund in honour of the three victims involved in the crash.

There are currently two other online fundraisers ongoing for victims' families, as well as a Mamas for Mamas fundraiser to establish a scholarship for Indigenous teens as part of Haverko’s legacy.

READ MORE: Mamas for Mamas fundraiser honours Kelowna student killed in crash, creates Indigenous scholarship

“Always goal-driven, she worked two jobs throughout secondary school helping to pay for a marine biology class trip to Hawaii in her Grade 11 year, a trip of a lifetime that she got to take with her best friend Emma. Samara also worked to save for university, which she hoped to attend UBC Okanagan this upcoming January for the Bachelor of Arts program. She wanted to become a writer,” according to her obituary.

Haverko graduated from high school early in January.

Thomson is described as “an energetic young man with a positive outlook on life. His enthusiasm was contagious and raised the spirits of those around him,” according to his obituary on the Springfield Funeral Home’s website.


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