Sunnyslope High School students raise money for classmate killed while waiting for bus

Students at Sunnyslope High School are doing more to remember a classmate who died earlier this week.

16-year-old Austin Lipko-Benito was hit and killed while waiting for the bus on Wednesday morning.  He was a Boy Scout, working to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and also a member of the school's band.

On Saturday, his fellow classmates held a car was to raise money for Lipko-Benito's family.  A memorial fund has also been set up at the Bank of America under his name.

"Everyone was so upset. I knew I had to help out some way and try to make it better for people," said Daniel Sinclair, a classmate.

"We just miss Austin very much," said Austin's aunt, Dolores Dominguez, who adds that his mother is blind and he was her guide.  "He was an inspiration to everybody and a great help to his mother."

He was also a part of many organizations.

"He volunteered with music students, going to middle schools and helping them become better musicians," said SHS band teacher Andy Larusch.

Larusch says losing a classmate has been hard on students.  Now they want to do all they can to help the family out.

"Now it's kind of just a rallying feel, people want to make sure the family is taken care of," he said.

Some students say they didn't even know Austin, but the washed cars to support the family, their school and the community

"Help them get back on their feet.. nobody should have to worry about money when they have something so tragic happen to them," said Sinclair.

The family says all the proceeds made will go toward funeral expenses.

"We're very, very grateful," said Dominguez.
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