Students Rally Around Badly Injured Teen; Crash Claimed His Mother’s Life

By: Christopher Shadrock Email
By: Christopher Shadrock Email
Local high school students are rallying around a classmate who was badly injured in a crash that claimed the lives of his mother and a family friend.

Temple High School students are making and selling bag tags shaped like musical symbols to raise money to help with the medical bills of their badly injured classmate. (Photo by Christopher Shadrock)

TEMPLE (March 15, 2013)—Students at Temple High School put thoughts of the approach of spring break aside this week as they focused on a popular classmate who was badly injured in a crash that left his mother and a family friend dead.

Temple High School senior Fabian Vargas remains in critical condition at Scott & White Hospital where he was taken after the car in which he, his mother and their friend were riding was involved in a collision with a truck on March 8.

In the week since the accident, students and teachers at Temple High have come together to help raise money for Vargas, who’s president of the school’s band and who plans to study music next fall at the University of Texas.

“When something like this happens I think it really touches base with them and they think, ‘wow we really need to rethink like and pull for him,’” said Tammy Bailey, an administrative assistant at Temple High.

The students are making and selling bag tags shaped like musical symbols bearing Vargas’ name.

"We have kids paying with pennies, we have kids giving me $20 and saying ‘I just want one you can keep the rest,’" Bailey said.

The effort has helped students such as Rebekah Weber deal with news of the deadly crash, but she says, “It’s hard being back at school and being around where he'd normally be."

Students will be on spring break next week, but they’re planning another fundraiser on Monday at Gogo's Frozen Yogurt and Cupcakes where a portion of the proceeds will go toward Vargas' medical bills.

For information on how to help, or to buy bag tags contact Tammy Bailey at

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