Colorado State Raises over $30K for Basketball Player Who Lost Parents in Fire

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Dec 19, 2015; Wichita, KS, USA; Colorado State Rams forward Emmanuel Omogbo (2) looks to pass the ball as Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade (32) is defending at Intrust Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary Rohman-USA TODAY Sports
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Basketball took a backseat for the Colorado State Rams program Tuesday and Wednesday with the community rallying to support forward Emmanuel Omogbo in a time of tragic loss.

According to Matt Norlander of, both of Omogbo's parents and the twin daughters of Omogbo's sister died in a house fire Tuesday in Chillum, Maryland. Omogbo's sister leapt from a window and survived, and Norlander noted that "her health is reportedly on the mend."

There was reportedly no suspicious activity regarding the source of the blaze.

Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy commented on the tragedy in a statement, per Norlander:

This is absolutely heartbreaking for Emmanuel, his family and for all of us that know him. There are no words to describe how it felt to hear this terrible news earlier today. They were a beautiful family that I enjoyed getting to know. The entire Colorado State men's basketball team, athletic program and university will be there to support and help Emmanuel in any way we can through this incredibly tough time in his life.

Colorado State started a GoFundMe page Wednesday that had raised more than $30,000 at the time of this writing to aid Omogbo. In fact, the fundraiser surpassed the initial $10,000 goal within five hours of being launched.

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt urged people to help:

Colorado State also released a statement that the GoFundMe account is in compliance with NCAA rules.