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‘Today, our green stands for Amarion’

Support and tributes continue for teen killed in car crash

STERLING – Support and tributes for the family of Amarion Green continue nearly a week after a car crash took the life of the Sterling High School junior.

A pair of online fundraisers have raised several thousand dollars to help the family with funeral costs and other expenses, and students on both sides of the river have reached out to honor his memory.

Green, 17, was found in his car in Howland Creek at Dixon Avenue in Rock Falls around 7 a.m. Feb. 9 after his vehicle hit a utility pole and overturned in the nearby creek. The investigation is ongoing.

The GoFundMe campaigns are trying to reach a combined goal of $25,000. One – – had raised more than $6,000 of its $10,000 goal as of Friday night, and the other – – had raised $100 of its $15,000 goal.

The second campaign was started by Heather Sotelo, executive director of Greater Sterling Development Corp., which owns the Sterling Theater, where Amarion worked along with his mother, Antoinette Jones.

Beyond the fundraisers, the community continued to honor Amarion’s memory and celebrate the life of the varsity football player and member of the school newspaper.

Students and staff wore green Friday night during the Golden Warriors’ varsity boys basketball game at Homer Musgrove Fieldhouse — and they weren’t the only ones. In a bittersweet bit of serendipity, the Warriors faced off against an opponent, Alleman, whose colors are green and white.

But high school rivalry made way for reverence as students throughout the Twin Cities paid tribute to Amarion, who was honored with a moment of silence before the game’s tipoff. SHS’s National Honor Society had collection buckets, and the Student Council’s Crazy for a Cure fundraiser donated a portion of its proceeds to Amarion’s family. A silent auction also was held.

On the Rock Falls Rockets Facebook page, the high school’s Yearbook Club posted a picture of its members making heart gestures with their hands, each one holding a Sterling schools logo; and a large group students gathered for a photo wearing green shirts in support of Amarion – with the message “Today our green stands for Amarion.”

A photo on Newman Central Catholic High School’s Facebook page showed students standing in an S formation in honor of Amarion.

Visitation for Amarion will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational “Big Red” Church, 311 Second Ave. downtown Sterling, and Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Schilling Funeral Home, 702 First Ave. in Sterling. His funeral service begins at noon at Schilling’s

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