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DENTON Nate Maki wore blue on the football field for Guyer High School.

On the first day back at school since his death, his fellow students did, too.

Teens posted pictures of themselves donning shades of blue on Twitter. They soon learned their idea had spread miles away.

"It really makes you stop and think it could have been anybody," said Samantha Martinez, student body president at Lewisville High School.

She heard the news this weekend.

"I had seen it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... everywhere," she said.

She also saw the tributes planned for school on Tuesday. Kids said they would wear blue and Maki's uniform number, 33.

Moved to show their support, Martinez and the rest of the LHS Student Council put rivalry aside to support their friends at Guyer.

"We've seen a lot of people participate in wearing blue and 33's on the wrist," she said. "And we've gotten to know, really, the students that care!"

Lewisville Principal Jeffery Kajs is impressed with his students, but also wants them to learn from Maki's death the dangers of underage drinking.

"What we hope is that our young adults can slow down, process what happened... but also remember how to carry ourselves and how to help others," he said.

Many teens proved Tuesday that they're happy to help.

"We want them to know our prayers are with them and their family and we're very sorry for their loss," Martinez said.

Counselors will be on hand for Guyer students this week. The Wildcats will return to the field for their first game since Maki's death on Thursday night.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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