Green Bay Packers send care package to students of teacher killed on Thanksgiving

El Paso News

Everyone who knew Amanda Ferguson Weyant knew she loved the Green Bay Packers. Including her unassuming students, many of whom went into her class without a team to cheer for, but came out with hearts of green and gold. 

Ferguson Weyant, a sixth-grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary School never made it to the end of last year’s football season. She was struck and killed by alleged drunk driver Joel Velazquez during the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day 2018 near the intersection of Mesa and Cincinnati. 

The young and bubbly teacher was beloved by her students, who were known as Weyant Warriors at the east El Paso school. 

On Wednesday, the school posted a note written by the Community Outreach Department at the Packers organization which includes stickers, postcards, and pens for Weyant’s class. 

On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers Organizations, we are sending our deepest condolences in the loss of your teacher/friend, Mandy Ferguson. We appreciate that she was such a big fan of the Packers. We hope that the enclosed items will help you carry on in her enthusiasm for our team! 

Eastwood Heights has honored Ferguson Weyant since the tragedy in November by keeping a permanent memorial at her parking space in the school parking lot and maintaining a wall of sunflowers, Weyant’s favorite, made from student’s hands with handwritten notes scrawled across them. 

Velazquez is facing multiple charges including Accident Involving Death, Manslaughter, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He is set to go to trial on June 24, 2019.

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