The community came together on Sunday to remember the Eastwood Heights Elementary School teacher who was killed in an early morning Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run.
Since Friday, sun flowers have lined the median at the intersection of Mesa and Cincinnati Avenue in west El Paso where 28-year-old Amanda Weyant Ferguson was hit.
More flowers were added on Sunday by Weyant Ferguson’s friends.
“I think we bought every sun flower in El Paso twice now, but its just something special we can do,” said Zachary Zuniga, speaking on behalf of Weyant Ferguson’s husband.
“It was what her husband wanted to do for her and he doesn’t want this to be about him or anything else, this was just strictly for his wife Mandy. He wants people to drive by and not think about the tragedy, but think about the beauty,” added Zuniga.
Weyant Ferguson, who was known as “Mandy,” was a big Green Bay Packers fan, according to her family.
The local fan club “Sun City Cheeseheads,” held a fundraiser in honor of Weyant Ferguson during the Packers versus Vikings game Sunday at 4th And Goal Wing House in east El Paso, a bar Mandy would frequent as a Packers fan.
“We all come together, we all cheer on the same amazing team, and its like from one instant to another we become family without having to know the person personally. Without having to know someone for years we automatically feel like we are family,” said Elena Mendoza, one of the administrators of the Sun City Cheeseheads group.
Ten percent of the food sales at 4th And Goal during the Sunday game would be given to Weyant Ferguson’s family.
As the game began, the bar became quiet for a moment of silence as photos of Weyant Ferguson played on a slideshow. Her photo now hangs on one of the walls.
“She might not be here physically, but spiritually she’ll be here and that will be a memorial to her,” Said Mendoza. “Every game and every time we score a touchdown and the place goes wild, she’ll be celebrating with us as well.”
Weyant Ferguson’s family asks instead of sending flowers donations be made to the From the Heart Animal Rescue.
A service will take place Wednesday at Crestview Funeral Home at 1462 Zaragoza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.