Thousands raised for Indiana high school football player’s funeral costs

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Derek Padilla (Photo via GoFundMe)

AUBURN, Ind. — An online fundraising campaign has raised more than $13,000 of the $20,000 goal to pay for the funeral costs of a northeastern Indiana high school football player killed in a traffic accident hours before he was to play in a game.

A GoFundMe account was established after 17-year-old running back Derek Padilla of DeKalb High School died at the scene of the three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at a rural intersection west of Auburn.

Padilla’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday

A passenger in Padilla’s car, 16-year-old fellow player Lucas Oberkiser, remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition Monday. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $6,000 to cover his medical costs.

Among those tweeting support for Oberkiser and DeKalb was Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and former talk show host Montel Williams.

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