KALAMAZOO, MICH. - A hockey game became a fundraiser for the victims of last year's deadly bicycle crash and Uber shootings.
Hundreds of people came out to honor those killed or injured and the first responders who answered the call during the "We Are Kalamazoo" game between the Kalamazoo Wings and the Adirondack Thunder on Sunday, March 5.
Abbie Kopf, the teen still recovering since the February 2016 shootings, was joined with the responders who were dispatched to the Texas Township Cracker Barrel to drop the puck amid cheers.
Four women -- Judy Brown, Barbara Hawthorn, Mary Jo Nye and Mary Lou Nye -- were shot and killed at the restaurant. Kopf survived.
Father and son, Rich and Tyler Smith, were killed at a Seelye Kia dealership.
Tiana Carruthers, who was first shot earlier that February evening, also survived.
More coverage: February 2016 Kalamazoo shootings
Tuesday will mark nine months since the bike tragedy in which four people were killed: Debbie Bradley, Melissa Fevig-Hughes, Tony Nelson, Larry Paulik and Suzanne Sippel. Additionally, four other people were hurt in the crash.
An auction was held during the game; a percentage of the proceeds go toward the Kalamazoo Strong Organization.
"I can only imagine what it would be like to be one of these families," said Toni Daniels, the vice president of the organization. "I'm a cyclist as well, so I ride on those roads a lot, and I can't imagine what it must be like to go through something so scary.
"... If I can help and use my connections in the community and what I do for a living then, I'm going to help."
This was the second year of the fundraiser hockey game. The suspects in both tragedies, Jason Dalton and Charles Pickett, are scheduled for trial this year.
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