EULESS, Texas — Hundreds of friends and teachers gathered Tuesday at a North Texas high school to remember and to mourn three students who died in a one-car accident.
Two had starred on Trinity High School's football team in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless, while the third was an incoming freshman. They were driving from Utah to Texas Monday evening when their car overturned in northern New Mexico.
One passenger was Gaius 'Keio' Vaenuku, 18, who was a defensive tackle at the University of Utah. His Trojan teammate was Polo Manukainiu, 19, a Texas A&M Aggies redshirt freshman last season, while the incoming Trinity freshman was Andrew Uhatafe, 13.
Vaenuku's Utah teammate, Salesi Uhatafe, was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
The three came from the tightly knit Tongan community in Euless, from which many of the team's football stars have come in recent years.
Former Trinity Trojan Fua Sapoi, 18, said the pain is "too much" to handle.
School officials were selling T-shirts with the teens' last names printed on the back and with the slogan "Our Boys, Our Family, Our Hearts" printed in the front. Proceeds from the sells will go the families of the teens to help defray costs arising from their deaths.