IMMOKALEE, Fla. - What was meant to be a night of school spirit was instead filled with heavy hearts.
"I figured they'd cancel this game, reschedule. But I guess not, in honor of the kids, my guess. That's a nice choice,' said senior Antonio Ramirez.
It wasn't just any game Friady night. For Immokalee High School, it was homecoming. Principal Ken Fairbanks let students decide if they wanted to continue with tradition, after the tragic death of three classmates: Jacob Garibay, Joseph Daguerre Jr., and Jerry Ruiz, all killed in a car accident Thursday night. Another classmate, Lamorris Hall, is in the hospital at this hour.
"Unanimously they said we needed to have this game for the 3 young men and the one in the hospital so that they can offer them support," said Prinicpal Ken Fairbanks.
And support each other.
"Immokalee is one big family and when one dies or another dies, everyone takes in for it," said freshman Summer Cheney.
Cheerleader Summer Cheney said she saw the boys together Thursday night.
"Being here, it's kind of fun but then it kind of sucks cause Jacob was supposed to be there, he was supposed to come see me cheer tonight and so was Jerry."
"This is what they're here for, they're here fighting tonight for those people," said Fairbanks,