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The Denton Record-Chronicle reports Guyer senior fullback Nate Maki was killed in a shooting incident Saturday night in a field near Bowie, according to Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham.
Maki, 18, was found dead inside a pickup in a field off Miller Road shortly after law enforcement received a call at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Cunningham said.
An investigation into the cause of the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it is still ongoing, the sheriff said. Officials found a rifle at the scene and said that alcohol was believed to be a factor, but would not discuss specifics, he said.
“We’re not going to rule anything out right now,” Cunningham said, adding the case would likely be discussed with the Montague County District Attorney’s office to consider whether any charges would be filed in connection with the incident. “We’re classifying this as an open investigation,” he said.
Guyer Head Coach John Walsh expressed shock at the Maki’s unexpected death to the DRC.
“As a coach or administrator, you don’t prepare for anything like this. But Guyer’s a strong family and we’re going to take care of the Makis along the way,” he said.
Teammates, friends and fans have begun sharing their admiration and respects for Maki and the Guyer community via Twitter.
Maki was expected to sit out the Wildcats’ season-opening 38-28 loss to Cedar Hill Thursday night due to an injury.
Sad day for @DentonGuyerFB family. Senior fullback Nate Maki passed away. No real details, just tragic & sad. Say a prayer for team & family
— Adam Boedeker (@aboedeker) September 1, 2013
Lord we need you
— Jerrod Honey Badger (@JHeard2) September 1, 2013
RIP Nate Maki ❤
No words can describe the impact this has had on our lives. Nate will be missed by all and never forgotten. This year we do it for him #33
— Blue Crew (@bluecrewnation) September 1, 2013
Our team, school, community, and most of all the family of Nate Maki, have suffered a great loss. Many people… http://t.co/dDqsLOifqx
— Guyer Football (@DentonGuyerFB) September 1, 2013
Unbelievable. We will never understand why terrible things happen to good people. Sending good thoughts to the family of Nate Maki. #RIP
— Dominic Ramacher (@DosCinco_) September 1, 2013
My prayers go out to the maki's and the wildcat family as a whole RIP Nate miss you man
— Don Juan Kottman (@dkottman92) September 1, 2013