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Midlanders raise more than $20K for family who lost son in tragic accident

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 3:24 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - West Texans are stepping up to help the family of a Midland teen who was killed in an ATV accident.

Gavin’s family moved to Midland from Wyoming, but that didn’t stop him from making friends on several sports teams in the city.

Since the accident on July 20, Gavin’s teammates, coaches, and friends have been showing his family support through fundraisers, meals and prayers.

“I’m not surprised that the Midland community would respond to Gavin and the Shubert family this way. Just knowing who the family is and being around them for the last 7 to 8 years as a friend and as a coach. Gavin’s legacy was one of serving,” said Jason Stockstill, one of Gavin’s former coaches.

Throughout his years playing football and baseball, Gavin became known for his positive attitude out on the field.

Stockstill says it wasn’t just his teammates who fed off his energy, but also the coaches and parents.

“He’s the teammate everybody wanted to be around. He’s the guy that would break us out in our huddles. He’d be the first one to huddle us up and offer a prayer before a game. He’s the one in the middle of the game when maybe the score wasn’t going our way he’d look at ya and say ‘I gotcha coach, let’s go.’ He’d just always be the one to rally the boys and his friends around him,” Stockstill said.

Stockstill says the amount of support the family has received has been amazing to see.

In just five days, the GoFundMe campaign for Gavin’s family has already raised more than $23,000. Its original goal was just $20,000.

“They deserve to have somebody speak on their behalf, and I’m not the only one. The community of Midland has done so much. And as I’ve told them for the last several days and I teach my boys, it’s not a coincidence that all of our families and all these friendships were formed years ago. They were formed for the moments like this.”

All of the money raised through GoFundMe will go directly to the Shubert family to help with any expenses they have.

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