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Yorktown HS Cheerleaders Support Family Of Victim Of DWI Fatality

YHS varsity cheerleaders raise three fingers in memory of Robby Schartner, a member of the Manhattanville Men's Lacrosse team . Photo Credit: Bob Castner
Family and friends mourned the loss of Robby Schartner - a Manhattanville College lacrosse player who was struck and killed by an allegedly drunk driver - at a funeral mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Robby Schartner, a students at Manhattanville College, was killed by a drunk driver as he walked back to his school. Photo Credit: Manhattanville College

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- It only took a few seconds for the Yorktown High School Varsity cheerleaders to raise three fingers in memory of Robby Schartner, a member of the Manhattanville Men's Lacrosse team, who wore Number 3, and was killed by an alleged drunk driver, but it was an important few seconds.

The cheerleaders were taking part in an effort supported by Schartner's family by helping to remind people not to drink and drive, said Joann Baker, a mother of one of the cheerleaders.

Schartner, 21, who grew up in Rye, graduated from Brookfield (Conn.), High School and lived in Fishkill, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit by a 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by 24-year-old Emma Fox, of Rye, at Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road in White Plains at about 5 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Fox who had a blood-alcohol content more than double the legal limit, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DWI and is being held on $100,000 bail.

"The family members of Robby Schartner live in Yorktown Heights and they want his memory to stay alive," Baker added ."His life was taken at 21 from a drunk driver. Robby's life was lost too soon. Let's work together to raise awareness."

The family's efforts have become big on social media with many posting on Twitter and Facebook to #TeamThree and #RS3 @goValiants, she added.

In addition, the Manhattanville Men's Lacrosse team have retired his number 3.

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