Melba mourns death of 14-year-old student

Melba mourns death of 14-year-old student

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by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 10:39 PM

MELBA, Idaho -- The community of Melba is mourning the sudden loss of a high school student.

Fourteen-year-old Nick Martinez was hit by a car on Friday.  Melba school administrators say he died the next day at a Utah hospital.

Melba Junior-Senor High School Principal Todd Shumway says Nick Martinez was a smart and outgoing student who loved to play football.  His death is a huge loss for this tight-knit community.

"A very good kid, positive kid," said Shumway. "Lots of energy and somebody that we really appreciated having in our school."

The school has psychologists and a crisis management team on hand to help students get through this tough time.

A counselor was also brought in from Kuna to help talk to students trying to understand what happened.

Shumway sent a letter home with students today that outlines what we know about the accident.

It says Nick was hit by a car while traveling with some family friends on Friday.  He was then airlifted to a Utah hospital where he later died.

Hundreds of students, staff and family members of Nick Martinez came out to show their respects Monday night. 

There are about 400 students at the Melba Junior-Senior High School.

Administrators say many students took advantage of the counseling services offered today.

Counselors will be on hand throughout the week to help students who need to talk.

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