Denton Guyer football death: An 18-year-old senior and starting fullback for the Denton Guyer Wildcats, one of Texas' top high school football programs, was found shot to death late Saturday night, reports CBS Dallas - Fort Worth on Sept. 2.
Nathan Maki was discovered in a pickup truck in a field near Bowie, Texas with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police arrived and took Maki to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
When police arrived, they found a rifle, and also found evidence of alcohol. Police said they believe the alcohol may have played a part in the teen’s death, but have yet to release details. A 17-year-old student was at the scene as well, and was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol. It is unclear if the 17-year-old was also involved in the death of Maki.
“We’re not going to rule anything out right now,” Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said. “We’re classifying this as an open investigation.”
Guyer’s coaches expressed shock and sympathy over the shooting of one of their own.
“As a coach or administrator, you don't prepare for anything like this,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “But Guyer's a strong family and we're going to take care of the Makis along the way.”
Oschlor Flemming, Guyer's running backs coach, echoed the coach’s words and spoke highly of Maki.
“Nathan is a great kid," Flemming said. “I don't think he had an enemy in the world. He was always happy. He was one of the better kids in our program.”
The case is to be reviewed by the Montague County District Attorney after police have completed their investigation. The cause of the death is yet unknown.