Petition seeks to remove Arizona teenager Faith Moore’s jersey number
Students at Mingus Union High School have created a petition to honor the legacy of Faith Moore, a 16-year-old Cottonwood teenager who died after being swept away by flood waters, by removing her jersey numbers.
The Change.org petition was created by two Mingus High student athletes, Addison Lacaire and Zach Harrison, to commemorate Moore and his time in the school’s athletic programs.
Lacaire, a senior at Mingus High, said the idea of removing her number from all high school athletic programs came days after Moore’s disappearance.
Moore disappeared on the evening of July 24 during a storm after calling 911 because his vehicle was stuck in a “low water crossing” near Camino Real and Rocky Knolls Road.
By the time Moore called for help, the water was estimated to be just below his knees, but topped 8 feet in height within an hour, officials said.
His body was found on July 28 after hundreds of community leaders and volunteers gathered for a multi-day search.
Lacaire said shortly after that he called Harrison and the two decided to go ahead with the petition to remove the No.8 jersey, which Moore wore while playing football and softball at Mingus High.
“Withdrawing her number will remind us of the impact she left on and off the pitch,” says the Change.org petition. “Faith started high school with number 8, but she won’t have the opportunity to graduate with the same number, and no one else should.”
Lacaire said number 8 should be Faith’s number forever since she couldn’t finish her high school career with it.
So far, the softball team are planning to retire the number indefinitely, the baseball team is close to reserving it for the season, and other sports are also considering removing the number, Lacaire said.
“We are trying to make sure that this is something that will continue,” he said.
As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had received 6,909 signatures and Lacaire said he and Harrison would take the petition to administration.
He said there had never been a target for a specific number of signatures, but regardless of the number of signatures received, it reflects the immense support the community has shown for Moore’s family.
Lacaire hopes that by removing the number, he will not only honor Moore’s life, but also the strength and bonds of the community during this time.
“It reminds us of how our community came together; I don’t think I’ve ever seen the city come together like this for someone or something,” he said. “I think it’s important to remember and honor her and also out of respect for the family and the way the community has come to support them.”
The petition can be signed via https://www.change.org/p/mingus-union-high-school-retire-faith-moore-s-8-at-mingus-union-high-school.
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