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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:44 pm

UPDATE 8 a.m.: A candlelight vigil will be held for Joseph Alaniz, 18, of Killeen, at 8 p.m. today at the Harker Heights High School football field.

Alaniz, who graduated from Harker Heights High School last month, was a starting offensive lineman on the Knights’ varsity football team last season, was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday morning on Farm-to-Market 1431, 15 miles east of Marble Falls.

Three other teens were in the car at the time of the accident.


Four Harker Heights-area teenagers were involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday morning, leaving one passenger dead and two others hospitalized.

The teenagers were traveling on Farm-to-Market 1431, 15 miles east of Marble Falls, at 3:06 a.m. when the driver, Brandon Cook, 18, of Harker Heights, swerved to avoid hitting a deer, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Austin Trooper Robbie Barrera.

Cook, who was driving a 2007 Mazda, wasn’t injured.

Joseph Alaniz, 18, of Killeen, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon.

Alaniz, who graduated from Harker Heights High School last month, was a starting offensive lineman on the Knights’ varsity football team last season.

Vasantha Fraser, 19, was listed in stable condition and Drequan Meyers, 19, was in critical condition at Seton Medical Center Williamson County. Both are from Harker Heights.

The Killeen Independent School District released a statement late Tuesday evening commenting on the death of Alaniz.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in the recent car accident. We express our deepest sympathies to them, and especially to the family of former student Joseph Alaniz," said Robert Muller, superintendent of the Killeen ISD, in an email.

The crash is under investigation.

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1 comment:

  • Eliza posted at 7:33 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    It is so sad to see this young boy ,Joseph Alaniz a former Harker Heights Football player and know he is now gone.

    My heart feels for his family RIP Joseph Alaniz and may your family find peace in the future.


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