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On Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, Mack Chase, along with several other Artesia community members, traveled to Aztec to meet with the families of Francisco “Paco” Fernandez and Casey Jordan-Marquez.

Fernandez and Jordan-Marquez, both 17, were both fatally wounded in the Dec. 7, 2017, shooting at Aztec High School.

Chase and his family felt it important to reach out to the students’ families to offer support and provide monetary assistance. Having lost a child of his own, Chase says he understands there is no greater pain.

“We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Chase said. “The lives of two children have ended far too soon, and we wanted to let them know we care and support them.”

Those traveling with Chase on the visit included Chance Chase, Courtney Lanning and Richard Price of Mack Energy/The Chase Foundation, Cooper Henderson, John Ross Null, Mike Phipps and Thad Phipps, representing the Artesia Public Schools, former New Mexico Sen. Vernon Asbill, and Nolan Frederick, pastor of Catalyst Church.

Artesians also wishing to support the Fernandez and Jordan-Marquez families may contact Kirk Carpenter, Aztec Public Schools superintendent, at 505-334-9474.