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Indy Star

By Dana Hunsinger Benbow

October 20, 2021

LAPORTE —  Jake West sent a text to his mom. The D-line wanted to go to Buffalo Wild Wings after football practice and he didn’t have enough money.  

Of course, Julie West thought. He’d probably bought two lunches that day or maybe chipped in to buy a buddy an extra slice of pizza.

“Could you bring me some money momma?” the 17-year-old linebacker asked.

Julie pulled into the LaPorte High football parking lot before practice on that fall day, Sept. 25, 2013, with some extra cash for Jake.

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