MAGNOLIA, Texas -- Magnolia West High School football player Dustin Parmely died in a car crash just two weeks before graduation.
It happened Sunday night along Highway 249 just south of Magnolia.
His brother, Aaron Johnson, was behind the wheel and severely injured.
“It’s very, very, very, very hard,” said their mother, Charlotte Brown.
Parmely, 19, died minutes after the car he was in left the highway and rolled several times. DPS believes Johnson swerved to avoid another car that pulled out in front of the brothers.
“Just make sure you love your kids and always be there for them and, you know, just love them,” Brown said.
Parmely was much loved as a star player on the Magnolia West High School football team. His mother says moments on the field were some of the happiest for the 6-foot-3, 240 pound, defensive end.
“I was in the stands all the time, 'Go son go!'" Brown said. “And he’d be like, after the game, 'Mom?!'"
The team tweeted this after learning of Dustin’s death:
“Dustin Parmely lived life the same way he went after quarterbacks.. 100%."
Classmates left a Bible verse in the spot where Dustin always parked.
“And he was supposed to graduate in two weeks and then he was going to The Marines afterward,” Brown said.
Brown proudly wears a playoff shirt from last season. Her son’s name is on the back.
“What am I praying for?” Brown said. “That I want my son back. But I know that won’t ever happen.”
She’s relying on faith to help make sure her other son recovers.
DPS is still investigating the crash and wants any information on the car that pulled in front of the brothers. That driver did not stay on the scene.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Parmely's funeral expenses.
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