On Saturday, friends of a young Watauga County deputy who was shot and killed in July will ask for donations for his family.
Donations for William Mast will be collected at the App State football game, where Mast worked part-time.
All of the money raised will go to a scholarship fund set up for Mast's son, who was born three weeks after he was shot and killed.
Associate Athletic Director David Jackson showed Eyewitness News the two gates at Kidd Brewer Stadium where more than a dozen volunteers will be collecting money for the William Hunter Mast scholarship fund.
Deputy William Mast was killed while responding to an open 911 call at a home east of Boone. Officials said the man who lived there shot Mast after refusing to put down his gun.
“I think anybody who lives in this community has been touched by this story because of the tragic nature of it,” Jackson said. “It is on so many different levels. We saw this, as with 30,000 people coming to our stadium, to hopefully do some good for the family."
West of Boone, Mast's father runs the Valley Grocery Store. He keeps photos of his son nearby and recently, a decal was put on the back of his truck. He said he thinks of William often and the people who have helped the family since his death.
“It is unbelievable, and I can't believe ASU is doing this,” Bill Mast said. “We are so thankful for what they are doing to help us get his scholarship fund up there. It means the world to all of us.”
The university is confident its fans will support the Mast family prior to kickoff Saturday night on campus.
“This story pulled on a lot of heart strings up here, so we'll take anything that can come our way, and what a great cause for a small child who's not speaking yet,” Jackson said.