Dedication Ceremony Held In Park For Moore High Students Killed In Hit-And-Run

Wednesday, March 10th 2021, 11:08 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

MOORE, Okla. -

Construction is now complete at Moore High School’s Memorial Park.

Work on the park began November 24, 2020, to honor three Moore High School cross-country runners killed while running after school.

On February 3, 2020, a man, allegedly driving under the influence behind the wheel of a speeding truck, crashed into a group of Moore High School cross-country runners at nearly 80 mph.

Yuridia Martinez, Kolby Crum and Rachel Freeman died after being hit. Three other students were injured.  

The suspect, Max Townsend, made it less than a mile away before he crashed, according to officers. Other students reportedly held him at the scene until investigators arrived. 

Families of those immediately affected, Moore High School staff and students, emergency first responders, district and site leadership and memorial contributors gathered Wednesday evening for a dedication ceremony at the park.

In a place they all once stood in horror, can finally now provide a sense of peace.

“We now have a space and a place to come and remember,” said Chad Mashburn, Athletic Facilitator at Moore High School. “With this place, your child will have an impact on generations to come.”

Those in attendance got the chance for an up-close look at new plaques, signs and a pond dock installed on the water.

There are things that were seen by people that should have never been seen in any lifetime,” said Moore High School Senior, Shiloh Hutchinson. “I can’t thank my team enough.”                            

As a choir sang, there’s one thing that stuck out to Kolby Crum’s mom, Tansey Hellbusch. Bronze shoe prints in the sidewalk in front of the park that slowly fade away, fading into heaven.

“The shoe impressions were actually the shoe that Kolby wore that day,” said Hellbusch. “Those were his last steps here, literally. That was emotional to see.”

It’s no doubt a lot to take in, but what those are getting out of this space certainly means the world.

“It’s touching, its emotional, but it is such an incredible blessing to see what the community, the school and administration has done for our families and the memory of our children,” said Jody Freeman, Rachel Freeman’s mother.

Benches are on the way that will be installed around the park.

Read: Moore HS Cross Country Speaks About The Loss Of His Students 4 Months After Deadly Crash

Townsend is due back in court Thursday afternoon.