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Prayer Vigil Held For Killed Denton High School Football Player

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Students held a private prayer session on the Guyer High School football practice field on Labor to honor the memory of Nathan Maki, a senior who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Montague County Sheriff’s deputies responded a 911 call just outside Bowie Saturday night around 11:30 pm. They found Maki in a pickup truck. He’d been shot one time.

He was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Friends say Maki died as a result of a hunting accident.

A 17 year old at the scene was arrested for possession of alcohol. A rifle was also found at the scene.

No arrests have been made in Maki’s death. Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham told CBS11 the case will be turned over the District Attorney Tuesday.

The Wildcats football team held a private meeting, before joining close to 500 people on the football field for the prayer session.

“We had students from all of our high schools basically come here and basically be there for their friends,” said Mario Zavala, Communications Coordinator for Denton ISD.

Peyton Barnett, a Guyer High School alumni and friend of the Maki family attended the memorial.

‪”Everybody was just holding each other and putting their arms on the family and just praying,” she said. “That was the most emotional part, was praying. Everybody had their heads bowed and tears were flowing.”

Along prayers, attendees remembered the good times they had with Maki, who was known as a nice guy and stand out fullback for the football team.

‪”It was really happy in a way. We were just trying to celebrate his life. We were just reminiscing on memories,” Barnett said.

Students return to school Tuesday for the first time since Maki’s death.

‪”We’re going to have a safe room set up to where the kids can come in and express their emotions and be together and talk to counselors and talk to friends,” Zavala said.

Students plan to wear blue to school Tuesday to honor the memory of Maki.

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