Alyssa Otremba honored with downtown zip line benefit event
Students at Arbor View High School are participating in a benefit in downtown Las Vegas for murdered student Alyssa Otremba.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An Arbor View High School student who was recently murdered was honored with a benefit event in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Students from Arbor View were able to ride the zip line over the Fremont Street Experience all day for free, in memory of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.
Employees at Flightlinez said they had a fundraiser planned for September, but given the teenager's untimely death, they decided to pitch in.
Flightlinez donated all revenue from zip line rides to a scholarship in Otremba's honor.
"With all of our events, that's really the purpose, to create a sense of community," Max Margolis, general manager of Flightlinez said. "We feel this one is a huge cause to support."
While most out-of-state visitors were unaware of the teenager's brutal rape and murder, they were glad to know their money would be put to good use.
"It's frightening, and we feel that really creating awareness for the cause will hopefully prevent that from happening to someone else," Margolis said.
Beyond the scholarship fund, Flightlinez said it would donate proceeds to the Rape Crisis Center as part of their September benefit event.
"Whether it's rape or domestic violence or any kind of violence, we all have to stick together as a community to be able to get through stuff like this," Genesis Vazquez with the center said.
Alyssa's family did not attend the event, but did want to thank the entire community for their support.