Northeast Tarrant

November 19, 2013

Hurst youth soccer players mourn loss of teammate

Hurst youth soccer players are mourning the death of a teammate struck while crossing a street.

Members of a Hurst youth soccer club are playing with heavy hearts this week after the death of a teammate who was struck by two vehicles while crossing a street.

David Carr, 13, a former Arlington resident who played for Hurst United Futbol Club, was killed Sunday night while crossing a street in Amarillo, police said. His family had recently moved to Amarillo but would travel to the Metroplex on weekends so he could play soccer with his select team and intended to eventually move back to Arlington, family friends said.

“All the boys know about it, and they are taking it hard,” said Wendy Powell, whose son Daylen plays on the team. “They are really close. They are a wolf pack.”

The players, who come from several surrounding communities, are being offered grief counseling through their schools, Powell said.

Members of Carr’s team, Hurst United FC 2000, were expected to gather at their practice field Tuesday night to discuss whether to continue with plans to play several games this weekend. Their club is hosting the annual Hurst United Turkey Shoot tournament, which is expected to draw more than 315 teams from across Texas from Friday through Sunday.

The tournament will go on regardless of the team’s decision, said Powell, the tournament director. The games will take place at soccer fields in Hurst, Grapevine and other area cities.

Jeff Dane, Carr’s coach and executive director of the Hurst United Futbol Club, said he had already communicated with several players who wished to press on.

“I can almost assure you, the ones who have texted me have already said they want to play in honor of David,” Dane said. “They want to get armbands with his number.”

Dane said he had also heard from several other teams that intended to pay tribute to Carr.

Freak accident

About 6 p.m. Sunday, Carr and a 17-year-old boy were trying to cross Bell Street in southwest Amarillo, according to police. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, pushed a button for the crosswalk signal to activate, but Carr apparently began running across before the light changed.

Carr was struck by a Chevrolet pickup and a Cadillac Escalade. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Amarillo police said.

Both drivers remained on the scene. Alcohol and speed were not believed to be factors, although the case will be presented to the Randall County district attorney’s office for review, police said.

The boys were in the general area of a crosswalk, although a crosswalk isn’t specifically marked at the intersection, according to a police report.

Dazzling speed

Carr was a forward on his soccer team, which plays in the Dallas Classic League. He wore jersey No. 14 this season and was known for his dazzling speed.

Carr played with Hurst United for two years. His family lived in south Arlington for several years, although his father had taken a job in Amarillo and had begun commuting between the cities.

Around late August, Carr’s father became seriously ill and the entire family moved to Amarillo to be closer to him — with the intention of eventually returning to North Texas.

Funeral arrangements were still pending Tuesday under the direction of Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors in Fort Worth.

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