ARGYLE –– A crowd of several hundred people packed into the Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle Thursday afternoon to remember 18-year-old Nathan Maki, the Denton Guyer High School student accidentally shot to death Saturday night.
In a touching showing of solidarity, students from Argyle High School donned blue shirts and clutched signs with hearts and Maki's number 33 as they marched down U.S. 377 toward the church.
"[Our students] are young too and this really hit home with them," said Jeanna Sutton, an English teacher. "They just wanted to do something to show their support for them. So, they just came up with the idea for a line of honor to honor him today and the people they're grieving."
Mario Zavala, a Denton Independent School District spokesman who attended the service, says two of Maki's brothers and several coaches spoke. One coach said the starting Denton Guyer High School fullback did whatever he needed to on the field and in life.
"I feel a young man like that and his integrity needs to be honored today," said Rick Smith. "So, I held up 33 in honor of that young man and his teammates and classmates."
Maki was camping with three other teens Saturday night in anticipation of the first day of dove hunting season when he was shot.
One of those teens, 17-year-old-Michael Underwood, was arrested on alcohol related charges and may face additional charges for the shooting. The district attorney said she would submit the incident to a grand jury for review later this month.
The Guyer Wildcats will play their first game tonight since Maki's death. A special tribute will take place just prior to the kickoff.