Markel Byrd
Markel Byrd
Credit: UNM Athletics

Pizza 9 will hold a fundraiser Monday, Jan. 25 for the family of Markel Byrd and Alexus Ortiz. As part of the fundraiser, Pizza 9 will sell discount checkbooks for $10 and will donate 100 percent of the funds.

Byrd, from San Diego, Calif., died after a car accident on Tuesday, Dec. 22 traveling home for the holidays. He was a sophomore safety on the UNM football team. Ortiz survived the accident.

The coupon book can be purchased at participating Pizza 9 restaurants in New Mexico or by calling (505) 764-3780.

Additionally, "A Celebration of Life for Markel Byrd" will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24 in the UNM Student Union Ballroom at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.