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Agawam lacrosse pays tribute to woman killed in crash

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AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An Agawam family is stepping up to warn teens about the dangers of drunk driving.

Evan Bard was killed by a drunk driver in 2013.

On Monday afternoon the community came together during the Agawam High School girl's lacrosse game to honor Evan, and to join the fight to stop drunk driving. 

Bard was coming back from a wedding with her ex-boyfriend Sean Jackman in May 2013. Police said Jackman was driving drunk when he slammed into a wall.  
 
"One of the real reasons we did this is because people were at the wedding knew Evan's boyfriend was drunk and never took the keys away," said Todd Bard, Evan's father. 
 
Jackman plead guilty to motor vehicle homicide after operating under the influence.
 
The Bard family said ever since Evan's death, they've been raising awareness about the dangers of driving drunk.

With prom season right around the corner, they're urging teens to not be afraid to speak up.

Every year the Agawam High School girl's lacrosse team dedicates a game to a special cause. This year it was the pink game for Evan.

Agawam lacrosse captain Eliza Timms told Western Mass News this is an ongoing fight she's proud to be a part of.

"It's sad to lose someone in town that you had know and had such a big family and such a big part of the community as well. I think it's nice we get to do this for someone and have all the Bards come in and show that we're here to support them," said Timms.
 
Right before Monday's game, Agawam joined the opposing team, West Springfield, for a balloon release ceremony.

"Two weeks after we lost Evan on what would be her 21st birthday, many people met on this field and released 21 balloons. Now, five years later on what would be her 26th year it touched me that everyone did the same thing," said Barbara Bard, Evan's mother.
 
"She was a cheerleader in real life. She was a cheerleader for her friends and family. My way of keeping her alive is constantly doing things that she'll be cheering me on," said Lesil Bard, Evan's sister. 
 
Proceeds from Monday's game also went towards the EvvGirl Foundation.

The foundation was formed to continue Evan's passions in nursing, specifically the NICU department.

For more information about the EvvGirl Foundation, visit the link here.

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