TROPHY CLUB (CBSDFW.COM) – Grief councelors are at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club this week after a popular student was killed in a weekend car crash. Josh Hernandez, 18, died Saturday night when he lost control of his car and crashed in the Wise County town of Alvord. His brother, Jesse, was also in the car and survived.
As students returned to class on Monday, they did so with heavy hearts. “It feels like I’m going to go to second period and see him right next to me,” said senior and friend Cullen Brasell.
The Hernandez brothers were driving back from a sporting event when they crashed Saturday night. Jesse survived and even attended a vigil for his brother at the school on Sunday. The twins were on the Bobcats basketball team. Many of Josh’s teammates said that he was more than a friend; he was family. “Always put everyone first, always had a smile on his face,” said Blake Clinton, who has known Josh since seventh grade, “always worked to make other people feel better.”
“I think everybody’s shocked because of how much everyone loved him,” said Antony Waller, a senior at the school. “No matter what group you were in, he accepted you for you, and loved you.”
“He was just a really good person,” said Brasell, who will remember Josh’s smile and positive attitude most.
Students describe Hernandez as an amazing Christian who had strong faith in God. “Every day, before he ate his lunch, he would sit down and pray,” Clinton added.
“Even if you weren’t a Christian, you knew the love of God he had inside of him,” Waller said, “and he would project that on everybody, and he showed faith in everything he did.”
Now, many students at Byron Nelson High School are leaning on their own faith to help them cope with the loss of a friend, a teammate and a role model.
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