MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) – Funeral services have been set for a Marshall High School student and football player who died Wednesday morning in a crash.
Hayden Blalock, 17, died Wednesday morning when his truck hit a feral hog on CR 4008 five miles north of Marshall and went off the road. The truck rolled several times and struck a culvert, ejecting him from the vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to DPS reports, he was not wearing a seatbelt.
He was a member of the Marshall FFA and the Marshall Mavericks football team.
Marshall ISD posted on Facebook that his funeral service will be Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in Maverick Gymnasium at Marshall High School.
Mavericks Head Coach Jake Griedl paid tribute to the young man on Twitter.
Marshall High School released a statement about Blalock’s death Wednesday morning.
“Please join us as a community as we wrap our arms around Hayden’s family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”Marshall ISD
The school is encouraging students to wear red Friday in Blalock’s memory and will have a balloon release at 3:45 p.m. after the last class period.
“It’s hard, you know,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson. “This is the 5th student to pass away since January 12.”
It’s the immediacy of Blalock’s death that makes this so difficult for students and faculty, said Gibson. The previous deaths occurred during the summer or on a weekend, giving students some time to process the tragedies.
But Blalock’s death “happened this morning, with him on his way to school.”
Several students were already at school when they learned he had died.
Gibson said MISD is making counselors available to students, faculty and staff to help them through their grief.
Blalock leaves behind his parents, Craig and Danielle Blalock, and siblings Payton and Emily.