Incoming Texas Tech freshman from N. TX found dead
By: Zahid Arab -
A family is grieving the death of an 18-year-old from North Texas who was about to begin classes at Texas Tech University.
There are a lot of questions about how the teen, Dalton Debrick, died.
Debrick's dad, mom and brother flew to Lubbock, TX Sunday after learninghe had been found dead after a house party.
The Lubbock County Medical Examiner is still trying to figure out why Debrick died, but as friends and family wait for specifics, they say the circumstances are not in his character.
Debrick enrolled at Texas Tech with dreams of working in education.
"He touched a lot of lives,” said his godmother, Laura Surles. “He was a very good young man.”
Surles says the teen had a love for kids, baseball and making people laugh. She never imagined him dying just a day before college classes started.
According to Lubbock police, Debrick was at an off-campus party around 12 a.m. Sunday morning.
Officers showed up there and gave a warning about loud noise, then left.
They were called to the home just before 9 a.m. Sunday, where they found Debrick's body.
Grief counselors were at Irving's Nimitz High School on Monday, where Debrick graduated just months ago.
He was known for his comedy, creating YouTube videos, and for being a standout first baseman on the varsity baseball team.
Students wore red and Texas Tech shirts on Monday in his honor.
“He was the one who was always upbeat and encouraging to everybody,” said Debrick's former coach, Joel Donalson. “That's one of the reasons we're taking it so hard.”
Debrick's family says he's taught a lesson that everyone should learn.
"If you feel pressure to do something that you don't think is the right thing to do, it's OK to say no,” said Surles.
Aside from playing baseball, Debrick told his godmother he had plans to rush a fraternity. It's still unclear at this point if the party he was at was connected to Texas Tech. All a spokesperson would say was that it happened off campus.