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Student-athletes at Millard West showed their support for Gretna on Wednesday.

Tragedy and heartbreak struck the Gretna community when four Gretna High School students were killed in a fiery crash that also severely injured a fifth student late Monday night.

The one-vehicle crash occurred west of the intersection of 180th Street and Platteview Road, about three miles east of Nebraska Crossing Outlets.

Since Tuesday morning, when the news began to spread of what happened, there has been an outpouring of support from around the state, including student-athletes, coaches and teachers.

The power of sports played a role Wednesday, as many student-athletes arrived at their respective schools wearing green — one of Gretna's primary school colors — to show their support.

Most schools at this time of year are holding summer workouts or camps, and teams took time to offer their condolences on Twitter, tweeting photos with the hash tag #GoGreen4Gretna.

Many school administrators and officials wore green Wednesday, too.

At Omaha Northwest, students posed for a photo with a Gretna team banner. The Dragons are about to join the Metro Conference. At Millard West, students wore green and formed a heart.

The support went beyond the Metro and Eastern Midlands conferences.

The York Cornerstone American Legion baseball team was going to wear green ribbons on their hats for a Wednesday game against BDS.

Millard South's Legion team wore green wristbands.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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