LAVEEN, AZ - The Laveen Farmer’s Market had a different feel to it Saturday morning.
“We decided we would donate our information booth and put out the canisters to take donations for all the families," said Trina Rothery, Laveen resident and organizer of the small town’s farmer’s market.
She’s referring to the families who lost loved ones during a two-vehicle accident this past Monday in Laveen, all of them residents of the town. Thirty-one-year old Matthew DeJarnett was driving to school when he was hit by an oncoming minivan being driven by a 16-year old without a license. The collision took place near 59th Avenue and Southern, killing Dejarnett and three passengers in the minivan, all under the age of 12.
They were 4-year old Dominic Johnson, 5-year old Mikquan Johnson, and 11-year old Jaymon Hamilton.
"The DeJarnett family was here just long enough for an education to take place,” Rothery said. “You know a lot of people in this community have school-aged children. I think that was probably the biggest impact that these children (referring to the children killed in the minivan) -- three in one family affected.”
The idea to set up the donations table came from the community itself.
"Everybody just started in with 'how can we help? What can we do? How can we donate? What do we do to get involved?'” Rothery said.
The day’s event wasn’t to place blame on anyone, but to recognize the lives of their fellow Laveen residents.
"I think that it shows the great support that everybody has in our community,” Rothery said.
All donations from today’s event will go to benefit accounts that have been set up by both families. Donations can still be made to the families after today at local Laveen business Scooptacular, located at 5150 W. Baseline Road.
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