A Texas student was killed while hunting with his stepfather on March 14 after he accidentally discharged a gun and shot himself, according to Game Warden Penny Nixon.
The family of the teen, 17-year-old Brennan Weikel, said they hope to keep his memory alive.
Weikel was hunting for feral hogs overnight with his stepfather, James Chambers, while on Spring Break from Weatherford High School.
"I know everybody says, 'Oh, my kid's perfect,'" Chambers told NBC 5. "He really was. He was a good kid."
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According to Chambers, he thought he had shot something and texted Weikel to join him at around 4 a.m. Moments later, he heard a single gunshot and then Weikel stopped texting him. Chambers then found Weikel with a head injury.
"It's hard," Angela Chambers, Weikel's mother, said. "He was everything to this family."
Weikel was preparing to go to college at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi in the fall and was the eldest of four boys. Weikel transferred to Weatherford High School in his junior year. He became a member of his high school’s football team and was hoping to join the university’s team.
"He loved the game," James said. "Up every morning, 4:30 practice."
When his teammates learned about the tragedy, they asked their coaches to retire Weikel’s football jersey number.
"It was his number," Chace Ellison, Weikel's best friend, said. "He represented it with everything he had."
"He was always that one person that was always positive with every single person in this community, this town," teammate Ali Chehade said.
While his friends plan a commemoration, Weikel’s family have a service scheduled for March 19 at the New River Fellowship Church.
"He was always the light, smiling, happy one," Angela said. "It's hard."
While the shooting appears to be accident, it is still under investigation by authorities, according to Dallas Morning News.