A baseball player who competed near the Mexican border died in a rollover crash Friday, less than a month before he was scheduled to graduate from high school.
As reported by El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA, Chapin High baseball player Christopher Carreon died in a rollover crash that also injured two others. Carreon was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle (another report claimed it was a white Ford Mustang) driven by a fellow 17-year-old fellow student when the driver lost control, struck a curb and sent the car flipping multiple times. Carreon was reportedly killed on impact while the other two young men int he vehicle were transported to hospital with serious injuries.
Carreon and the two other students in the car were allegedly en route to get a haircut for the Chapin prom when the accident occurred.
Carreon’s classmates were left to remember their late classmate at the prom, which took place the following evening at El Paso’s Alamo Ballroom.
“He was very respectful. He was like a brother to us,” Fellow Chapin senior Jesse Garza told El Paso CBS affiliate KDBC. “It just put us in shock. We don’t even know what to think right now.”
The Chapin prom went on as scheduled, “because that’s what Chris would have wanted,” though there was also a memorial for the teen held at the school’s baseball field after the event.