IMMOKALEE, Fla - It was an emotional goodbye Friday night as the Immokalee community said goodbye to three Collier County students.
The three teens, Jacob Garibay, Joseph Daguerre Jr. And Jerry Ruiz, died in a fiery crash Halloween night when they were driving home from a party.
Friday night the school remembered the students in a special way.
It has been 15 days since the accident. Friday night the Immokalee football team stated the playoffs and principal Ken Fairbanks wanted to make sure the team knew the boys were cheering them on from above.
Just before the game started, the announcer paid tribute. "Tonight we honor the dedication to the spirit and ever lasting smiles. They'll never be forgotten from our hearts. Jerry, Joseph, and Jacob."
The cheerleaders stood holding three bundles of balloons; each representing a life lost in that tragic car accident Halloween night.
"We're starting the playoffs," says Fairbanks. "We wanted to make sure we flew high and we know they're flying high for us as part of the Indian Chiefs society and know they'll look over all of us."
Fairbanks says some students are still struggling with the loss, especially the siblings at home, but counselors are still on hand to help them grieve.