GIFT cancels ‘Meet the Instructor’ night in light of the recent tragedy involving three students

GoFundMe accounts set up for deceased boys

Staff Reports

THATCHER – The Gila Institute For Technology (GIFT) has canceled its scheduled “Meet the Instructor Night” that was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, until further notice.

“Our focus, our thoughts, and prayers are with our students, staff, and families of the three young men who lost their lives this last weekend,” said GIFT Superintendent Troy Thygerson. “Counseling is available at EAC, Duncan, Pima, and Thatcher. Help us honor these outstanding young men and be of service to someone in your school or community this month.”

Pima student Mason Gann, 16, Thatcher student Kade Nelson, 16, and Duncan student Emmett Darnell, 17, were declared deceased at the scene Friday night when they were ejected from an Eastern Arizona College van that rolled just west of Pima on U.S. Highway 70 while it was bringing the students back from a class outing to the drag races in Phoenix. Four other high school students, a college student, and the adult male driver were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center. The students were enrolled in an auto class through GIFT.

GoFundMe accounts have been set up for the deceased boys. Click on their name to go to their fundraisers.

Mason Gann

Kade Nelson

Emmett Darnell

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