It’s been a week since eight-year-old Maverick Martzen was killed in a suspected DUI crash near Bethel and Rose avenues.
His parents, Megan and Scott, suffered major injuries, and the suspect is behind bars.
On Saturday, the two made their first appearance since being released from the hospital at a BBQ fundraiser in their son’s honor.
Hundreds came out to show support, even if they never met Maverick or his parents, and though they were not ready to talk on camera, the couple wanted to express gratitude to all who have shown such an outpouring of love for their son.
A line of cars flooded the parking lot, then a line of people, within an hour quickly doubling in size, all to show support for the Martzen family.
“I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” says Gilbert Manrriquez, a Selma resident.
On the night of Feb. 23, Megan and Scott’s eight-year-old son Maverick was killed in a suspected DUI crash while on their way home.
Of course, both still visibly and emotionally broken, but their family and the community are rallying behind them.
“It’s an overwhelming feeling to know that a community like Selma and a baseball community in the valley would come together like this and just support us in our time of loss,” says John Martzen, Maverick’s grandfather.
John is missing his grandson, a little boy he says with a big, infectious spirit, who loved all things sports.
He says, “We’re still in shock, you know, I would have to say I still expect maverick to walk through the door.”
Just like last Friday, the night before Maverick was killed.
“He came, stayed at our house, hung out with us for a while. We’re really thankful we had that time with him,” his grandfather remebers.
The fundraiser was held where Maverick once starred as a catcher on his little league team, and all money raised is going to help the family.
“Just wanted to be here to support the family as much as I can with whatever little I can,” Manrriquez says.
If you would like to help the family, they have a GoFundMe account set up.
On Sunday, the family said more than $13,000 was raised, and sold more than 833 lunch plates.