Following the tragedy of graduate Andres Cabrera Cordero, the school was in instantaneous disbelief. As result of the student body’s grief, a school came together.
When news spread of the victim who had passed away, many were brought to tears.
The counselors knew how to deal with the issue and started to spread the news to teachers, telling them to send emotionally unstable students to the library.
“It’s honestly quite a tragedy,” Terry Peel, one of the many counselors who attended to the bereft students, said. “Many of the people sometimes get reminded of someone else they have lost.”
Counselors from other schools and grief counselors were brought on campus.
“And of course extra tissue boxes,” Peel said.
But through the grief, a candlelight vigil was organized for the same night.
Many cars in the student parking lot began to arrive with window paint respecting Andres. Simple words of encouragement like “Love Like Andres” and “LLA” somberly decorated car windows.
Many of Cordero’s friends started to become active in helping raise money for the funeral processions, which can range from $4,500 to $12,000.
Senior Anyssa Garcia began to sell bracelets with the abbreviation “LLA” for a dollar to support the Cordero family.
“It started with my close friends asking me for bracelets, and it suddenly became a good way to collect some money to donate to Andres’ family,” Garcia said. “It’s obviously all for a good cause. It’s the best way for people to remember him and what he stood for.”
Senior Trey O’Bar played his guitar to collect tip money as donations to support the cause as well. He played songs ranging from Led Zepplin to Van Halen.
“He was a good guy,” O’Bar said. “I felt that because everybody was down, I could bring music to spread the good that Andres stood for.”
Many other students have begun their own way to raise funds, pulling together to honor and remind everyone how Cabrera was special.
At a local level, fundraisers sprung up all around campus. Frost Bank participated in helping collect money by accepting any check addressed to Andres Cabrera Cordero at any Frost Bank location, accepting wire transfers and cash inside the bank.
Student organizations also started to become heavily involved in trying to raise funds for the Cordero family. PALS sold t-shirts with a quote from Cordero for fifteen dollars to raise money for his family.
“The heart is a symbol to what I stand for and what truly makes me who I am. And that is love,” the t-shirts read.
Cabrera has passed away, but his memory is preserved forever, reminders of him on nearly every hallway. Painted on a car window, on a senior’s wrist, on a purple shirt. The school has come together to grieve, to mourn a friend and learn to love like Andres.