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Facebook profile photosFrom left, Luciana Tellez, Esmeralda Nava and Gisselle Montano.

UPDATED: Services, fundraisers planned for Eagle Point students killed in crash

This story has been updated with additional fundraisers and more information on funeral services.

Eagle Point High School confirmed that the families of Luciana Tellez, Esmeralda Nava and Gisselle Montaño are holding joint services in memory of the girls next week.

The first scheduled service is Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Eagle Point High School Stadium, 203 N. Platt Ave., Eagle Point. This service is open to all members of the public.

Church services will be held Wednesday, May 30, at Shepherd of the Valley. Graveside services will follow. The girls' families request only family and close friends attend these services.

Tellez, Nava and Montaño were killed by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 north of Rice Hill the night of May 19. All three 18-year-old seniors were weeks away from graduating from Eagle Point High School. The wrong-way driver, who also died in the crash, was identified Tuesday as Gayle Ward, 65, of Vancouver, Washington.

Communities and individuals across the Rogue Valley have rallied to commemorate the young women and support their families. Burns Park in White City was filled with attendees for over two hours at a vigil Sunday night.

The list of fundraisers, meanwhile, continues to grow:

Friends of the families have planned a variety of sales. One of the earliest is a taco sale from a home at 618 Alberts St., Medford starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24 (updated). Claudia Morelos, an organizer, said all are welcome and all funds will go directly to support the families.


Clave Nueva Truck Club Oregon posted on its Facebook page about a car wash fundraiser running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 and 27 at 603 S. Riverside Ave., Medford. Washes will be free but donations are encouraged.

"This is for you girls! Rest Easy," the post read.

Many of the sales planned said their funds will go directly to the "Eagle Point Girls Memorial Fund" established through Rogue Credit Union. Donations can be made at any Rogue Credit Union branch, or by phone at 541-622-7328 or 800-856-7328. They also can be mailed to Rogue Credit Union, P.O. Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501.

A Gofundme account, "Our 3 angels memorial fund," was also started by Yareli Montaño, who identified herself as "a mourning cousin."

Multiple businesses are also donating through sales. Eagle Point High School and Carl's Jr. have teamed up for a fundraiser from 6 a.m. Friday May 25 to midnight, May 26. All sales from the restaurant at 78 W. Linn Rd, Eagle Point, will be donated directly to families, a Facebook post from the high school said.

Cold Stone Creamery at 635 Medford Center will donate all sales while it is open from 12 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Co-owner Blair Sundell said that all staff scheduled to work that day have also agreed to donate all of their tips from the day.

Black Rock Coffee, at 112 W. Linn Road, Eagle Point, is also donating its sales the following Friday, June 1, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m, KTVL reported.

Two local wineries on Upper Applegate Road — Valley View Winery and Red Lily Vineyards — told KOBI Channel 5 that they will donate 100 percent of their proceeds from Saturday, May 26, to the families.

All sales at Taqueria Los Gomez Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be donated, along will any additional donations.

Local nonprofit Compassion Highway Project, meanwhile, began a fundraiser on Facebook to pay for large framed prints of photos of each girl. Local artist Kala Malone created the images based off a senior portrait of Montaño she shot and other portraits of Nava and Tellez. A “fantasy natural light photographer,” according to her business’s Facebook page, Malone used her editing skills to add angel’s wings to each of the girls’ portraits, a representation of how each had “earned her wings.”


“My job is to keep memories,” Malone said. “Once they’re gone, that’s all that’s left. Some people cope better with the representation of where they are now.”

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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