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Student’s tragic death shakes community

Student’s tragic death shakes community
MIKE STAHL La Vernia students, faculty, and the community gather in the La Vernia City Park July 17 to say a sad farewell and to celebrate the life of Miguel De La Torre with prayers and a balloon release.... Miguel was an incoming senior at La Vernia High School and a star athlete on both the football and soccer teams.......He was killed in a car crash in Mexico over the weekend.

The La Vernia community is still reeling after receiving news of the death of student and star athlete Miguel De La Torre, who was killed in a car crash in Mexico over the weekend.

“Miguel was a wonderful student and athlete,” said La Vernia Independent School District teacher Jenean Mills on Facebook. “He always had a smile on his face and would help anyone who needed it. He had a big heart and was kind to everyone, with many friends. Miguel made a big impression on LVHS for being at our school only a short...time.

“... he was a nice, polite, well mannered, and smart young man that had a very bright future,” said head soccer coach and defensive coordinator for the football team Chris Taylor. “I was very blessed as a coach to have been able to be around him for two years. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”

The two-time All-District MVP was a key playmaker and finisher for the La Vernia soccer team. His contributions on the field last spring were instrumental in securing the Area championship for a soccer program that is only two years old.

On the football pitch last fall, he put those magical feet to good use as a kicker, earning First Team All-District and helping the Bears win the district championship.

“What an awesome young man he was!” said head football Coach Scott Grubb on Facebook. “I will never forget the great times we had together on and off the field. He was a talented athlete in football and soccer. He always had such a pleasant and positive attitude. I know his coaches, teachers, teammates and friends will miss him dearly.”

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