DENTON Teammates, classmates and family of Nate Maki gathered at John Guyer High School in Denton on Labor Day to remember the star fullback.

The 18-year-old was found dead with a gunshot wound on Saturday night in a field near Bowie.

Authorities found a rifle at the scene.

Maki was said to be with friends, but the Montague County Sheriff's Office isn't releasing any other details about the investigation.

Friends tell News 8 that aside from football, Maki loved hunting, and was in the area doing that when there was an accident on Saturday night.

"I just am still in shock," said Peyton Barnett, who said she had been close with Maki for years.

At the school's practice field, a few hundred teammates, friends and family gathered for a private prayer circle on Monday afternoon.

"I think one of the students said it best which is that we have to get through this, but can't forget all of the great things that Nate did," said Mario Zavala, a Denton ISD spokesman.

Maki's team next plays on Thursday night. A tribute of some kind is expected at the game.

Details on a bank account set up in his memory are also being worked out this week.

Classes resume at Guyer on Tuesday morning following the Labor Day break.


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