BOISE --The town of Melba is mourning the loss of a young football player, who was struck and killed by a car this weekend.
Coach Jordon Coffin says14-year-old Nick Martinez was traveling with family when he was hit by a car on Friday, and then was airlifted to a children's hospital in Utah where he died Saturday.
Martinez was a freshman and an active member of the Melba Mustangs football team. Coach Coffin said in an email to KTVB Sunday night that Martinez has been amazing part of the football program. He went on to describe the teen as a great player, student and an even better kid.
People who knew Martinez and his family have been taking to social media to share their condolences.
Melba Principal Todd Shumway said the school is working on setting up a crisis center for students grieving the loss on Monday.
The school’s crisis team consists of administrators as well as guidance and school counselors and teachers. The center will be set up in the library with staging rooms for kids to talk and get information.
Melba Superintendent Andy Grover said the Martinez family is really involved in the school. Nick’s mother is a special education aid for the elementary school and his father is a volunteer coach for the football team as well as a little league team.
Nick Martinez has an older brother and two younger brothers.
The family he was traveling with is also from Melba. Shumway tells KTVB they are having a hard time dealing with the loss.