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Rival high schools unite to help family of student who was hit by vehicle

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The death of a high school student who died after being hit by a vehicle rocked the Colorado Springs community last week.

Cyprian “Cyp” Cisneros, who attended Mitchell High School, was hit by a vehicle while walking to school on Feb. 1. He died in the hospital several days later.

“It hit us pretty hard,” said McKenna Martinez, a cheerleader at Mitchell.

Students weren’t the only ones who wanted to do something to help the Cisneros family as they cope with the loss.

Two rival schools — Doherty High School and Palmer High School — came together to raise money for the teen’s grieving family.

According to the Gazette, the assistant principal at Doherty, who previously worked at Mitchell, came up with the idea to sell orange T-shirts in honor of Cisneros.

The shirts were sold for $10 each to help the family with funeral expenses.

“We can fall in and all show that we care about each other, even though were from different schools,” said Shamans Dabney, another cheerleader at Mitchell.

Everyone was urged to wear the orange shirts Saturday when Doherty hosted Palmer in a boys and girls basketball doubleheader.

The T-shirt sales raised $15,000. The game was a chance to present the family with the money raised but was also for everyone to heal.

“It really and truly pulls the District 11 family together when we need to be put together,” Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said.

“Tonight we get to celebrate a young man’s life. They’ve got a lot of things going on in their family. Their family is here tonight,” Noll said. “They have a lot of different emotions going on with them. Tonight we want to take their mind off of things for a little bit and celebrate his life.”

Students, staff and community members showed their support on social media with the hashtags #RivalryBasedOnRespect and #WeBeforeMe.