High school mourns players killed in wreck

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:02 AM

EULESS, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of friends and teachers gathered Tuesday at a North Texas high school to remember and to mourn three students who died in a one-car accident.

Two had starred on Trinity High School's football team in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless, while the third was an incoming freshman. They were driving from Utah to Texas Monday evening when their car overturned in northern New Mexico.

One passenger was Polo Manukainiu, 19, a Texas A&M Aggies redshirt freshman last season. His Trojan teammate was Gaius Vaenuku, 18, who was training for the Utah Utes, while the incoming Trinity freshman was Andrew Uhatafe, 13.

The three came from the tightly knit Tongan community in Euless, from which many of the team's football stars have come in recent years.

Former Trinity Trojan Fua Sapoi, 18, said the pain is "too much" to handle.

School officials were selling T-shirts with the teens' last names printed on the back and with the slogan "Our Boys, Our Family, Our Hearts" printed in the front. Proceeds from the sells will go the families of the teens to help defray costs arising from their deaths.

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