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Car wash raises spirits, funds throughout Victor Valley
Supporters help families of teens lost in Johnson Valley collision
HESPERIA • Supporters from all over the Victor Valley pitched in to raise funds for Tyler Correll's family outside the Dance Dynamics studio on Sunday.
Correll was one of three teens killed in a head-on car collision in Johnson Valley on Feb. 2.
This weekend, many fundraising car washes have been held to help the families during this difficult period.
“I’ve heard of about five car washes,” said Denise Stevenson, of Apple Valley, who was Correll’s girlfriend. “Tyler Correll was my boyfriend. I loved him very much. I would do anything in the world for all three of those boys because they were so special to me. They were all there for me. When I was crying they would make me laugh.”
Locations all over the Victor Valley have offered their facilities to support the fundraising efforts for the families of Correll, Jordan LaRocque and Ruben Ramos, including Cadillac Ranch Saloon in Apple Valley, Wienerschnitzel in Victorville and Dance Dynamics.
Dance Dynamics has a close place in Stevenson’s heart, since it’s the studio she’s been dancing at since she was 7 years old.
“I think it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing that they did this. Mrs. Sarah (Jordan) and Mr. Stephen (Jordan), they’re always there for me at hard times ... letting us do the car wash here, letting us use their water and their time,” Stevenson said.
“We’re here to help support the community and the families,” Dance Dynamics Manager Stephen Jordan said. “We wanted to help her, to be able to help the family.”
The four-hour car wash raised an estimated $900.
Correll’s cousin Sarah Sherman, of Apple Valley, stood waving her sign to get cars to stop.
“I think the support is great. The families need it. They’re all having a very hard time,” Sherman said. “We all need to come out and support the families — anything we can do for them.”
The families of LaRocque and Ramos came to show their support.
“They came to see if we needed help,” Sherman said. “Everybody’s trying to help each other out.”
A candlelight vigil for the teens is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sultana High School in Hesperia.
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