WYLIE - Grief counselors were on hand to help struggling students and staff returning to Wylie East High School after one of the school's ninth grade students was found fatally shot early Saturday morning.
Wylie police said Nahum Martinez, 15, died from at least one gunshot wound to the head. Authorities said they found the gun that was believed to be used in the crime close to where Martinez's body was discovered outside a Wylie subdivision.
Police arrested two 14-year-old classmates of Martinez. Both teens, whose names have not been released due to their age, were charged with murder. Authorities said their investigation into what led up to the murder is ongoing.
About 100 students began their school day Monday gathered in prayer outside Wylie East High School. Students wanted to celebrate Martinez's life, taking turns to share stories and memories.
Students spoke of his dedication to running on both the track and cross country teams and how he inspired others to keep doing their best by leading by example.
"He made practice light; he made meets fun," said Sarah Scott, a sophomore at Wylie East. "He was a loyal friend and he was almost like a brother."
Fellow teammate Will Feagins said he never got the chance to tell Martinez how well he ran during their practice last week, but he vowed to run for both of them during a big track meet scheduled today in Rockwall.
"At this track meet, I'm going to run as fast as I can, as fast as I can, to win this track meet for him," he said, referring to the one-mile race Martinez would have run along side him today.
Students said they have been told Martinez died after some sort of an argument with two other classmates, who he only recently befriended. No one seemed to know what prompted the disagreement, but many vowed to be more vigilant in protecting one another in the future.
Meanwhile, Martinez's parents are reportedly preparing for their son's funeral. District officials said he left behind one sister, who is a sixth grader at a Wylie Independent School District school.