by Quay Evano, ABS-CBN News
CALGARY, ALBERTA — Since April 6, Canada and the hockey world has been in deep mourning when the Humboldt Broncos hockey team figured in a road accident that resulted in the death of 15 of its members, and injured 14.
Prayer vigils, fundraisers and other events have been set up to give tribute to these young lives abruptly cut short.
The team was going to Nipawin for a playoff game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League when the tragedy happened.
From coast to coast, Canadians and other nationalities have rallied to support the victims’ families in whatever way they can.
Filipinos in the province and in Humboldt have also expressed deep sorrow for the loss of these young lives.
Toni Mari Acaylar goes to the same church as 18-year-old Brody Hinz — one of the players who died.
“Humboldt has almost 6,000 residents and has a tight-knit relationship with each other just like our families back home, so it is not hard for ourselves to integrate with the community. Our small church group held comforting prayers and songs and we also sent sympathy
Cards and flowers as well as extended financial support to the victims’ families,” said Acaylar.
Selfa Boller, who lives near Humboldt, is a nanny to a 9-year-old hockey player. They were both devastated when they heard the news.
“Everybody is willing to help in their own ways. We show our support, our love. We make sure the community is there for them that they are not alone in this tragic tragedy,” said Boller.
Around $4 million has already been raised on GoFundMe page for the victims’ families and several tributes like “#PutOutYourStick” has become viral on social media to honor the whole team.
According to authorities, the cause of the collision has not been established yet and the investigation is still ongoing.
Among those who survived the crash, four are still in critical condition.