Grief counselors available as students return to Carroll High

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Grief counselors were available for students at Southlake Carroll High School as they returned from the holiday break Tuesday, two days after two seniors died of apparent drug overdoses.

Meanwhile, the parents of Chase Nunez, 18, and Kyle McNutt, 17, were preparing their funerals.

Nunez and McNutt were found unresponsive Saturday morning at the Grapevine home of a friend.

Investigators say they believe the friend, Cullen Marino, 22, gave the students drugs and later did not call 911.

Marino was in the Tarrant County Jail facing two charges of criminally negligent homicide. Bail was set at $10,000.

The Tarrant County medical examiner has not ruled on the cause or manner of the deaths.

"A number of students wore purple today in memory of their classmates," Julie Thannum, a Carroll school district spokeswoman, said in a news release.

According to the release, visitation for Chase Nunez will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.

Nunez was a member of the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association. The family suggests donations be made to that organization at Box 93237, Southlake, TX 76092.

His parents, in a statement released by the school district, said, "We are heartbroken and at a loss for words to express our grief. We want our son to be remembered for all the many happy moments shared by family and friends."

The service for McNutt will be private, his family said. He was an animal lover, so his family suggests donations to the Humane Society of North Texas ( or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

"This is a very difficult time for us as we deal with the shock of Kyle's death," his parents said in their statement. "We cannot imagine a life without him, and we will miss him every single day of our lives."

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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