FORT WORTH — Eric Trevino practiced pitching so much that his baseball’s leather cover seemed to disappear from the scuff marks and dirt on it, said his brother, Christopher Lee Trevino.
“It got to where we couldn’t see the ball,” he said.
Eric Trevino had played ball since he was 4 and spent many years on teams in the South Side Little League, family members said. The high school junior had moved to the varsity at Trimble Tech High School and had a good shot to start this season at second base, his coach said.
“He was real good,” said Rafael Martinez, a teammate. “He would just work real hard.”
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Trevino, 16, was killed Friday about noon when the car in which he was riding struck two other vehicles in the 2200 block of Eighth Avenue. The two other motorists, both females, were injured and taken to the hospital, said police Sgt. Pedro Criado.
Sunday evening, dozens of students held a candlelight vigil at the school’s baseball field for their classmate who was known as “Little Trevino.”
They talked of his athletic skills, his joking manner and his warm smile, Christopher Trevino said.
Although the funeral is scheduled for today, Trimble Tech will have a memorial Thursday afternoon, Principal Manuel Cantu said.
“It’s been hard to lose someone so suddenly like that, but our school is doing OK,” Cantu said, noting that grief counselors spent Monday at the school.
Alex Murillo, who was driving the car in which Trevino was riding, apparently lost control, spun out, and veered from the northbound lanes into southbound traffic. Murillo, also 16, was admitted to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition.
Cantu said Murillo’s family and friends are reporting that the teen is improving.
Police are investigating the wreck and have said they suspect the students may have been racing.
“The drivers of the other two cars engaging in racing competition were located,” Criado said. “They were located, identified and are in the process of being interviewed. As far as any criminal charges, that’s going to be determined when the investigation is concluded.”
But Christopher Trevino said the car his brother was in wasn’t racing. He said they were trying to get back to school from lunch.
“They weren’t racing. They were going fast ... [because] he was trying to catch the bell. There was a certain time he had to be up there,” he said.
Cantu said only juniors and seniors are allowed off campus for lunch, a policy that the district revised in 2007. He said the policy generally goes well and that each semester students are reminded of the rules and urged to be safe.
“We tell them that they need to be on their best behavior, be careful when they leave and that reckless driving is not OK,” Cantu said. “But sometimes, they feel so invincible.”