Throughout the last few days, there’s been an outpouring of support as residents come together for a fundraiser in honor of eight-year-old Maverick Martzen who was killed by a suspected DUI driver on Feb. 23.
“It’s overwhelming how amazing the community is during something so tragic, how everyone pulls together to make something happen,” says Tessa Krumpelman, a coordinator for Selma Little League.
California Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Karmjit Singh ran a stop sign going close to 100 miles an hour at Bethel and Rose avenues crashing into Maverick and his parents who remain in the hospital.
As of Wednesday night, CHP says Singh has been booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of murder and driving on a suspended license.
In an effort to help the family, Selma Little League is putting on a BBQ fundraiser this Saturday to help the family.
Maverick’s football and baseball coaches say he wasn’t just loved by his family, but by his community.
“It wasn’t hard to fall in love with him, he wanted to do everything that you asked of him, the way that you asked it, he really loved the game,” says Taylor Guerra, a family friend and Maverick’s baseball coach.
Guerra is still reeling from the loss of the baseball player he coached. “It’s an unimaginable situation to be in you know, and no parent should ever have to go through something like this,” he says.
Adding, “he was an amazing kid.”
Joseph Ward, Maverick’s football coach since 2014 says his son, same age as Maverick, is coming to terms with the loss of his friend.
“It’s frustrating, it’s sad. I wish people wouldn’t drink and drive,” Ward pleads.
On March 2, the community is coming together to help raise money for the family with a BBQ fundraiser held at Selma Little League park.
“There’s going to be pulled pork, chili beans, rice pilaf, a roll,” explains Tessa Krumpelman, coordinator for Selma Little League
With about 100 plates prepurchased already, organizers plan to sell about 400 this weekend.
“Football is family, I mean I know that for anybody we would all come together to do this,” Ward says.
Maverick’s grandmother said in a statement the family is devastated and trying to heal.
- Selma Little League Ball Park
- 2550 Olive Street Selma, CA 93662
- Noon-6 p.m.