Police believe 17-year-old Katerin Romero jumped from a highway overpass to her death. She was in Fort Worth ISD's recently-established fire training program at Eastern Hills High School.
FORT WORTH -- Eastern Hills High School students are grieving for a classmate who apparently took her own life in a very public way Wednesday.
Police believe 17-year-old Katerin Romero jumped from a highway overpass.
When we met her for a story in February of last year, she was suiting up for her future -- literally. Buckling into a heavy, fire-resistant coat for a class on fire fighting.
She was in Fort Worth ISD's recently-established fire training program at Eastern Hills High School. She was looking forward to a good shot at being a firefighter or medic, and an even better shot at breaking new ground in her family.
"No one in my family has ever been to college or graduated," she told us at the time.
At Eastern Hills High on Thursday, flags hung at half-staff and her friends hung their heads.
"I really liked her," said senior Kris Mitchell. "I just wish she didn't do it, because we really needed her."
Mitchell and fellow baseball player Daveion Hardin say they felt a kinship with Romero because she played softball. They saw no signs of trouble.
"She was a good person," Hardin said. "She had a good heart."
An Eastern Hills High School student killed herself Wednesday by jumping off of a highway overpass in Fort Worth, police say. WFAA
One of her close friends echoed that, telling us Romero seemed happy when he saw her Wednesday morning. But by 1 p.m., police say the 17-year-old had jumped from the Beach Street bridge over Interstate 30 and been hit by a car.
"Why? That's my question," Mitchell said. "Why? That's the only thing I can think of."
Students look for lessons in their grief; something to help them face their own futures.
"The best thing I can come up with is to live your life to the fullest and don't let anyone take it away from you," Hardin said.
Back in 2013, Katerin Romero told us she liked helping people and looked forward to knowing what it felt like to save a life.
Her friends wonder what they could have done, or said, to save hers.