Students wash cars for classmate who died in Glendale house fire

GLENDALE, AZ - Close to 100 Glendale High School students washed cars this morning for their beloved friend, 16-year-old Elijah Martin.

Martin died in a house fire last Friday . The wheelchair-bound teen was trapped, and was pronounced dead when medical teams arrived.

"In the morning when I woke up and found out on Facebook all the comments and everything on his page, we were sad about it," said his classmate, Abril Rodriguez.

"On Monday I was actually thinking about his laugh and his smile," said another classmate, Jessica Vargas.

The two students organized today's car wash at the high school to fundraise for the Martin family. All proceeds from today will go to Elijah's funeral costs.

"We've been through, you know, someone passing away in your family and it's really, really, hard to get everything in and he deserves the best," said Vargas.

The school had no problem accommodating the car wash. They knew firsthand what he meant to the student body.

"Elijah was one of those kids that everybody knew. He always had a smile on his face. He'd walk into your classroom and light up the world," said Glendale High teacher Megan O'Donnell.

Elijah's father, Melvin, was also at the car wash. He was overwhelmed by all of the support from his son’s friends and faculty at the school.

"He has so much love. It makes me so joyful. And that's the spirit that keeps me going."

Elijah's funeral services are set to take place next Saturday.

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