DENVER CITY, TX (KCBD) - Denver City Mustangs are mourning the loss of a fellow Mustang killed in a dirt bike accident Friday.
17-year-old Sean Dalton died hours before Friday night's football game. Neighboring districts offered their counselors to Denver City ISD.
Just days after a tragedy the whole community of Denver City and outlying communities are coming together to mourn the loss of a friend, fellow teammate, brother and son - just weeks before his 18th birthday.
"I just want to stay by his side as long as I can and enjoy looking at his pictures and listening to the music that reminds me of him or that he loved. And sharing stories with my family and my friends," says Sean Dalton's mother, Timmi Owen.
There's a different tone as students of Denver City High head back to school, remembering Sean Dalton, someone they say would lighten every mood and add laughter to any room.
"We were good friends but we fought a lot. And that's how best friends are, you always get in fights. You always make up and things are good again. It's tough Sean was a real good friend," says Sean Dalton's longtime friend, Kody Kidd.
"If somebody was hurting and suffering, he hurt with them. He cried with people he didn't hardly know if they were hurting in some way, because he wanted to do something to make them feel better," says Owen.
"I just don't know what all to say, just the shock of it all. He was really outgoing, he liked to ride motorcycles of course, he loved doing crazy stuff, he was just fun," says Kidd.
Dalton was an avid rider and was wearing a helmet when he rode on a lease rode outside of town Friday.
"He hit a pothole as I understand it and it flipped the bike and flew him into a tree. As we've heard he was dead on impact. One of our students did come up on the wreck and then notified the 911," says Denver City High School Principal, Gary Davis.
"My son was my hero. I always called him my hero. He was my little man. He lived with diabetes, type one diabetes, he had asthma and allergies, and eczema," says Owen.
Now students visit him in memory, writing how Dalton impacted their lives and looking at his picture, taken just weeks before he died.
"He'll be missed and that we all love him," says Kidd.
"He was true. He was true to his colts. His football jersey he was thrilled because this year he got the number 18, Peyton Manning. The school has been kind enough to let me have it," says Owen.
His family mourning their loved one - and his mother remembering his last day
"I got one of those special hugs that I love so much. He would sit in my lap and let me wrap my arms around him and let me squeeze him. He was never ashamed to let me love him," says Owen.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. If you would like to make a donation to the family you can go to any Wells Fargo Branch and it will be in Sean Dalton's name.
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