Terrible loss to the Robotics community.

The night before kickoff, our team’s President Tony Shafer was about 1/4 mile from his home, when he lost control of his car, spun out, and rolled over into a ditch.

He was killed instantly.

I am the Vice President of our team and my dad is President of our Parent advisory committee. Tony’s dad called my house at about 12:10 AM to inform us of the accident.

Right now, the entire team is pretty devastated and are taking a few days to recuperate. However come Wednesday, Robotics will truly begin.

The news article can be found here: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070107/news_1m7poway.html

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We hate to see these losses.

On behalf of team 1629, I’d like to extend condolances to your entire team and his family. I’m very sorry such a horrible thing happened at such a usually happy time.

Team 375’s prayers and condolences go out to the family and all of the team.

Thank you all for the kind words.

Teamm 1662 extends its condolences to your team.

Just 2 months ago our team lost he person who put up the money for us to have a team. He was an inspiration to the whole team.

What a terrible tragedy to befall your team.
Team 191 sends our thoughts and prayers to your team.

on behalf of 703, I extend my condolences. You will be in our prayers.

On behalf of team 304, I extend my condolences. The family and your team are in our prayers.

on behalf of team 1189 I extend my condolences. His family and you team are in our prayers

What a terrible tragedy. Team 829 extends our condolences.

You all will be in our prayers.

On behalf of team 2021, I extend our condolences. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. We wish the team the best of luck in this years season.

We are so sorry for your loss. You will find renewed purpose this year and there will be great days to come.

In that spirit, we wanted to share something with you that we were going to keep secret until the Championship. This timing seems better. A coach on our team, Bette Bridges, participates in geocasching. She found a “travel bug” in Mahspee, Ma. that asked to be returned to team 1622 at the Atlanta FIRST Championship. Your bug made it all the way to the East coast! We will take good care of your bug til then. See you in Atlanta…our best thoughts and wishes are with all members of your team.

Liz Calef, Team 88

That’s awesome. Thank you so much!

wow im so sorry to hear this, im saying this on behafe of TR-X 145.

On behalf of 1620, we extend our condolences and send our prayers to his entire family and team

I am sorry for the loss to your team as well as the loss to the first community. There has been too many losses of team members this past year in the first community.

My sincere condolences to the Shafer family, friends and the team. We lost our oldest son in late January of 2005 in the middle of the build season. Fortunately, the team was there to support us. They hung out at the house with my younger son (a team member) and we continued to build. It gave us something to hold on to. Reach out to his family, and honor him.

On behalf of Team 75, we extend our condolences and send our prayers to his entire family and team

1923 sends its thoughts & prayers to the team and the family.