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Erik Burgess, Published August 14 2012

Classmate honors friend with T-shirt drive

MOORHEAD – Ryan Schatz wasn’t his closest friend, but the 16-year-old said Austin Wagar’s presence was felt at Moorhead High School.

“It’s going to be different (without him),” Schatz said. “I’m not going to see him in the hallways. He was always laughing or with a group of people.”

To commemorate Wagar, who died Friday as a result of a rollover crash near Sabin, Schatz and a fellow classmate have started making T-shirts, selling them to friends and family and giving all profit to the Wagar family.

As of Tuesday evening, 142 shirts had been sold as of Tuesday evening, Schatz said, mostly to students and family in town, but some will be shipped as far away as California and Florida.

“There are people that used to live here all around the country now emailing me, wanting shirts,” Schatz said. He said they found out about the accident through Facebook.

The shirts feature a photo of Austin on the front with his birth and death dates and last name and soccer jersey number on the back. They cost $5 to make and are being sold for $20.

“They were happy,” Schatz said of the family after he informed them of the T-shirt fundraiser.

Schatz said he got the idea after attending Wagar’s vigil on Friday night in Sabin.

He began working on the shirts that same night. Fellow classmate Cornell Bradford is helping in the project.

To order a shirt, contact Ryan Schatz at schatzy412@gmail.com or inquire on the “Pray for Wagar” Facebook page.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518