It was a somber mood, as expected, when a large crowd gathered at Weatherford ISD’s Kangaroo Stadium to pay final respects to a classmate and friend, Brennan Weikel.
A student organized - candlelight vigil - lasted for more than an hour on Monday, as all who wanted, could say goodbye to the 17-year-old senior, who was tragically killed in a hunting accident in Wise County on March 14.
Weikel, who played defensive end for the football team, was remembered by Weldon Nelms, head football coach, who addressed a crowd numbering into the hundreds.
“He was a big part of our family,” Nelms said. “We lost a part of our family. He was a great teammate, he was a great classmate.”
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The Weatherford teen was killed as he was leaving a wooden ground blind when his gun discharged and wounded him in the head, a Wise County game warden said.
Weikel was hunting feral hogs with three family members in western Wise County, close to the Jack County line, game warden Penny Nixon said.
The accident happened at about 3:50 a.m. on leased hunting land near County Road 3825, Nixon said, noting that it’s not unusual for hog hunters to hunt overnight.
Weikel’s stepfather had shot a hog and called Weikel on a cell phone. The stepfather told authorities he heard a gunshot “immediately” after that phone call.
“As he reached down, he grabbed the grip near the trigger,” Nixon said. “As he was transitioning to get up and exit the blind, the gun discharged.”