Legacy High Prepares For Homecoming Game After Deadly Bus Crash

By Melissa Garcia

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Legacy High School Lightning will take on the Prairie View High School Thunderhawks in a homecoming football game Friday night less than a week after multiple students and coaches were injured in a bus crash at Denver International Airport that left the bus driver dead.

The game was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the north stadium.

A spokesperson said that the school would take a moment before the Star Spangled Banner to recognize the events of the week.

The community is rallying behind the students and staff members to support those who were affected by the deadly bus crash.

CBS4's Melissa Garcia interviews Lacey McGinty (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Melissa Garcia interviews Lacey McGinty (credit: CBS)

“My heart just went out to those families,” said Lacey McGinty, a member of a mom’s group in Broomfield.

McGinty said that the crash involving a bus load of Legacy High School football players hit too close to home. Her nephew, for whom she is the legal guardian, was on the bus following the bus that crashed into a concrete bridge at DIA on Sunday.

Since then, she and some other Broomfield moms have been on a mission, collecting donations for an online benefit auction on Facebook.

(credit: CBS/Legacy High School/Facebook)

(credit: CBS/Legacy High School/Facebook)

All proceeds will go to the three coaches who were seriously injured and to the family of Kari Chopper, the bus driver who was killed.

The moms have already collected more than 50 auction items, from handmade baby blankets to a certificate for interior decor.

(credit: Denver Police Department)

(credit: Denver Police Department)

McGinty said that the bidding was off to a great start.

“This is what I would expect someone else to do for my family if we were in this situation,” McGinty said. “We all have to stick together, and this community has been really great.”

Bidding on auction items closes at 10 p.m. Saturday at the close of Legacy’s spirit week.

The Denver County Coroner was waiting on the results of forensic testing in order to release the bus driver’s autopsy report, which could take another month or longer.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to mkgarcia@cbs.com.

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