School districts respond to tragedy

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Parents are holding their teenagers a little tighter after a fatal accident. Coaches are reassuring players to think of the bright side after the scary event.

The coach of Central’s varsity girls team said it’s been a long night for everyone, especially the players. Many on the JV and varsity teams are friends with those on the Normal West team.

A lot of them play AAU basketball together. Coaches made sure to talk to the players last night after the crash. The school has counselors available to talk to anyone in need.

Their main focus right now is making sure everyone is okay. The girls weren’t only friends with each other. Charlie Crabtree was a volunteer for 46-years. He went to a lot of games to keep score for the girls. He was killed in the crash.

Coach Moore said he had a sweet moment with him Wednesday night, catching up with him and said he was a great person.

Thursday night, Central girls are playing Centennial. A moment of silence will take place for the Normal West community at the game.

Several other schools are wishing Unit 5 well: Mahomet, Monticello, Champaign and Urbana say they’re keeping Normal West in their thoughts and prayers. 

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