The Carroll School District has been coping and showing support for two members of its community who were killed in separate traffic accidents last week.
James “Cole” Malone, died April 6, and former student Paul Miltenberger died April 5.
Malone, 16, a sophomore at Carroll High School, was in a fatal collision with a vehicle April 6, as he crossed Lilac Lane along Byron Nelson Parkway on his bicycle. Miltenberger, 20, a 2013 Carroll graduate, was killed when a vehicle struck him as he crossed a street in Dallas on April 5
Malone was a member of the school’s Clay Target Team and the Boy Scouts. On Thursday, Carroll Dragons cloaked themselves in camo to show solidarity for Malone.
“It has been an amazing outpouring of love, emotional needs and support,” district spokeswoman Julie Thannum said.
During Miltenberger’s time at Carroll, he played on the varsity soccer team, and spent hours volunteering. He was a sophomore at the University of Missouri.
Miltenberger’s service was on Saturday. His family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Volunteers for Christ Brazil, RISE Adaptive Sports or the Paul Miltenberger Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made to the fund via checks to “Zeta Phi Society” c/o Bill Toalson, Beta, P.O. Box 998 Columbia, MO 65205.
Malone’s service was held on Sunday with a celebration of life on Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cole Malone Memorial Fund, which will be used to defray the medical and funeral expenses. The balance will be used for scouting scholarships and education.
Donations for Malone are being accepted at any Frost Bank and go toward the memorial fund. There also is a crowdfunding page online where people can make donations. As of Saturday, $29,000 out of the $46,000 needed had been raised.
“This has been an extremely difficult week for us, but in the midst of our loss and grief, I've been most impressed by the strong show of support by this community, our staff and especially by our young people,” Carroll ISD Superintendent David Faltys said. “It's given me renewed hope in the face of real tragedy. We've got some great kids and I'm so proud of them for loving and supporting these hurting families.”