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Hooker HS students organize 5K Memorial Run in memory of student killed after hit by car

Students at Hooker High School have organized a 5K run in memory of a fellow student, Bladimir Mesta, who died after being struck by a vehicle in January. (Photo courtesy of flier for the event)

Students at Hooker High School have organized a 5K run in memory of a fellow student who died after being struck by a vehicle in January.

Bladimir Mesta was struck by a vehicle while running in the morning hours of Jan. 19. Mesta was airlifted to the Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas, then taken to the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he died the next day.

An outpouring of support came when people in Hooker and surrounding areas got news of Mesta's death. They even started a hashtag and wore #BlueForBlad the following Monday after Mesta was killed.

Now, students at Hooker High School, where Mesta was a junior, as well as community members, have organized a 5K Memorial Run in Mesta's honor. The run will take place Saturday, April 22 during Hooker's Spring Fling Festival. Registration for the run is at 8 a.m. and the run will start at 9:30 a.m.

According to a flier for the event, the fundraiser was organized "to help and support the Mesta Family for the loss of their son and friend." The flier states that the money raised throughout the run will be delivered to Roy and Maruilu Silerio Mesta, Bladimir's parents.

During the registration, people can also make donations. Shirts and bracelets will also be sold.

According to the flier, "Bladimir was a three-time state champion in Oklahoma running in cross country and ran track. He enjoyed playing soccer and loved his family and his many friends."

The town of Hooker encourages everyone to come together and support not just their community, but also the friends and family of Bladimir Mesta that were affected by this major loss.


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