Life can turn upside down in the blink of an eye.

A rollover accident over the weekend took the lives of three young teenagers, and left another teen severely injured. Their families will never be the same again. In the smaller communities of the Texas Panhandle, horrible incidents like these are when the community comes out in full force to take care of their own.

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The accident claimed the lives of Kooper Preston of White Deer, Aydan Mooney of White Deer, and Luis Nevarez of Pampa as the vehicle they were in rolled over numerous times. Laykon Fuqua was seriously injured in the accident and is in a hospital in Lubbock currently.

All of these children were involved in sports and some in rodeo as well. Luis and Kooper played baseball for the Pampa Patriots team and has hit the Amarillo baseball scene pretty hard. It's something you never want to hear, and unimaginable for the parents of any kid lost.

The West Texas Youth Baseball page setup a fundraiser via Venmo to help the families any way they could. The baseball community in Amarillo has banded together and helped out with whatever they could.

Now a big benefit is going to be held in their honor, and some are even driving 8+ hours to be a part of the event.

On November 6th at Country Chevrolet, a benefit BBQ will be held to help raise money for the families to help cover the unexpected expenses they now face. The time of the event is still to be determined, but it's believed to be sometime in the afternoon.

Our understanding of it is there will be plenty of food to purchase that all proceeds will go directly to the families involved. There will also be a silent auction held for people to bid on items and services, with once again all proceeds going to the families.

This is an absolutely unimaginable thing. Being the father of 2, soon to be 3, children, I don't know how I could possibly handle this. Being a part of the youth baseball community for so long, I can tell you that friendships for both kids and parents are born constantly. All of our best friends back in Austin are people we met through baseball. It's a small community and rocks it pretty hard when something like this happens. How it must feel for the families of these children is unbearable.

If you can make it out to the benefit, it would be amazing. If not, I was able to find a couple of GoFundMe campaigns setup for a couple of the families. I listed them above but here they are again.....because Lord knows the families need a little help at this point of time:

You can donate to Aydan Mooney's family here while the GoFundMe campaign for Laykon Fuqua's family is here.


Teeny Tiny Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Don't blink! You just might miss these TINY towns that are dotted around the Texas Panhandle.

Some of these are unincorporated communities and some of these are just plain ol' small!

Either way, these teensy weensy tiny towns and their populations will make you say "wow" (and maybe even squint and say "that's all!?"). Check them out:

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