By Alicia Neaves
MARFA - The Marfa community is in mourning after the tragic loss of a high school student.
Andrew Madrid died suddenly while playing soccer outside with his friends. During this difficult time, even those who didn't know him are helping his family.
After hearing from many friends, even those who did not know Andrew, someone shared an interesting connection between this tragic situation and the movie Giant, which was based out of Marfa. They said the movie wasn't kidding. The Marfa community really does have a "giant" heart.
The hallways in Marfa ISD were quiet these past couple of days after the loss of one of their own.
"Marfa ISD, our staff, our community, we're all deeply saddened by the loss of Andrew. It's been a hard couple of days so far, but we know that Andrew loved life and he loved his community and his friends here in Marfa," Marfa ISD Superintendent, Andrew Peters, said.
Andrew Madrid was a freshman at Marfa High School. He played on the JV football team, played basketball and ran track.
But on Sunday, Andrew's life was cut short after he collapsed suddenly while outside playing soccer with his friends.
"He was very close to just about everybody here so we're going to deeply miss him and we appreciate everybody's encouraging words. We've gotten lots of nice e-mails from other schools, support from other counselors and the entire Marfa community appreciates the support we're getting," Peters said.
Superintendent Peters says seven counselors were on hand Monday to help students during this difficult time.
Peters says it's been a long time since Marfa's last tragic situation. But the proof is in the pudding. When one family is in mourning, the entire Marfa community is in mourning.
An account started Monday morning to help Andrew's family has already raised over $6,000.
Friends remember Andrew as someone everyone loved.
Melissa Garcia said, "He always filled the room with his bright smile. He was such a gentleman and had a heart of gold! We love and miss you Andrew."
Felicia Aguilar-Lane added, "You just had to meet Andrew Madrid once, just once, to remember him for always. Rest in peace little cousin!"