TROPHY CLUB, TEXAS – 18-year-old, Josh Hernandez, was killed in a one-car accident on U.S. 287 in Alvord at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Hernandez, along with his twin brother, Jesse, were on their way home from the Byron Nelson High School girls’ soccer 4A playoff game in Wichita Falls, when Josh lost control of the car.
Jesse was taken to Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur where he was treated for a concussion. Later that night, Josh lost his life when his lungs collapsed.
A vigil was held on Sunday at the gymnasium where more than 1,500 students and families gathered to celebrate Josh’s life.
“We lose together, we win together, we fight together, we play together, we laugh together, we cry together,” Principal, Linda Parker, said at the vigil.
As Jesse spoke, it brought tears to everyone’s eyes.
“When I held him in the car after … during the accident he was fighting for his life, I believe he saw the light and the Lord said it’s time to come home,” Jesse said in front of everyone.
Students took it to their Twitter accounts to remember their friend by hashtagging #rememberingjosh and #livelikejosh.
“Never has a student ever touched the lives of his fellow classmates like Josh did. #LiveLikeJosh #LLJ #RememberingJosh #RIPJosh,” student, Brittney Oney tweeted.
“Tonight was beautiful, and tonight was something that our BNHS family will remember forever! #RememberingJosh #LiveLikeJosh” junior, Maggie Harrington, tweeted.
As students went back to school today, there were 22 grief counselors for students in mourning.
“He always puts everyone before himself…he’s always there for everyone,” friend Andrew Mitchell said.
“First person to speak all class period just spoke….. Made us all laugh a little. #RememberingJosh,” Samantha Gehrig tweeted during class today.
“There is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing people sobbing while walking through the hallway. #RememberingJosh,” Ashley Dumoulin tweeted.
The visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, and the funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Heartland Church in Carrollton.