ALEDO (CBSDFW.COM) – On August 29th, Trenton Darton died after collapsing on campus. It’s now been determined by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner that he died of a sickle cell crisis.
Members of the Aledo High Basketball team had led the way making a path for Trenton Darton’s casket today. Two dozen boys wore grey shirts with a small basketball emblem stitched on the chest, and the words One Team added.
Behind the basketball team, walking through a wall of grief and sadness, was Darton’s family. Held tightly by the firm hand of their faith, more than 800 people attended Monday’s services.
Darton was remembered through tears and words.
“He had great character, was fun to be around, great basketball player, kind to those he knew and didn’t know,” said teammate Mylen Hayhurst.
Monday morning, Darton joined the 9 a.m. routine of running laps with fellow basketball players at Aledo High School. Aledo ISD officials said the 15-year-old collapsed, staffers ran to his aid and paramedics responded. He was rushed to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. He died before sunrise — sending an emotional jolt through the school.
The town of Aledo has wrapped their arms around the Darton family, holding a special town vigil. The basketball team huddled for a lost friend. The high school grieved with his family… and his friends spoke of Trent’s character and attitude.
“He was really funny, always smiling, always wanting people to do better,” friend Jose Conchas said after Monday’s funeral. Conchas walked out of the memorial service before it ended, because of the emotional toll it took on him.
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