AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - A semi-pro football team in Buffalo is remembering an infant Saturday, who was killed in a two-alarm fire July 9th.
The team called the WNY Dragons, played a special game on Sunday to honor baby Savior Lopez. He was just 6-months-old when he lost his life to an early morning blaze on Riverside Avenue.
The game held at Kunz Stadium, was played against the Nickel City Kings and was free for the public to attend.
It was much more than just a regular football game, as many of the players personally know the Lopez family.
Kent Yarger, the owner and head coach of WNY Dragons said, "Were actually based out of the Black Rock/Riverside area, so that's our community. Some of our players are related to the family, as well as some of our players live on that street. As soon as we heard about it, I felt it was our goal to help out the family whatever way we could."
The team asked spectators to bring $2.00 to donate towards the Lopez family.
Savior's father performed the coin toss at the beginning of the game, and during halftime the Dragons presented the Lopez family with a special jersey. Balloons were also released into the sky for Savior.
Although the pain and grief is still fresh, Yarger says the heartache is no match for the community's love."Naturally it's still kind of hard to cope with this kind of thing, but they've got a lot of support around them."
The Lopez family has planned a fundraiser for August 24th at the Westside Community Center at 161 Vermont Street.
The fundraiser will start at 1 p.m. and go until 5 p.m., featuring food and refreshments, a 50/50 raffle, baskets auctioned off and much more. All of the donations will go to the Lopez family.
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