Star athlete killed in Oklahoma wreck mourned in Colleyville

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 5:42 PM

COLLEYVILLE — Hundreds of family and friends filled the pews at First Baptist Church in Colleyville on Tuesday morning to honor and celebrate the life of Chance Clifton.

The 17-year-old was killed Friday night when he and three friends from North Richland Hills were involved in a traffic accident along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. The group was traveling to a charity event.

His sisters, parents, and family friends remembered Chance as a casual prankster who didn't love anything more than busting out an impromptu dance move, or going for a tackle on the football field.

"He was always a part of the action, but mainly the creator of the action," said his older sister, Carly.

His football coaches from Birdville High School said Clifton excelled on the field. He was also a mentor to younger players.

Greg Clifton said he hoped his son's classmates took Chance's death as a sign that life is fragile and can change dramatically at any time.

"We hope and pray that this is a vivid testimony to all of you that life on this Earth is only temporary," he said.

Funeral services for another teen killed in the crash, Abigail Key, 15, were held on Monday.

Two other teens in the Jeep are recovering from the accident, which was caused when the axle of an 18-wheeler broke off and smashed through the windshield of their vehicle.

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