Derby remembers two lives lost in recent weeks


DERBY, Kansas — After back to back tragedies in just a week, the Derby community is remembering the lives lost.

Close to 40 people came out to Derby High School’s football stadium to remember the lives of 25-year-old Daniel Flores and 25-year-old Philipp “Doobie” Wellemeyer.

Phillipp Doobie Wellemeyer

Both were students in the class of 2007 at Derby High. Those who came out today signed pictures and soccer balls to be given to members of both families. Organizers say they wanted to do something a little different to honor their classmates.

“It would be a great way to remember the guys right here on the football field where they both played football and soccer,” said Leslie Waldshmidt, the event’s organizer.

The event culminated with both Flores and Wellemeyers parents releasing balloons into the air for their fallen children. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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