The mood at Klein Oak High School was somber Monday as students headed back to class for the first time without one of their seniors.
Maurcio Ramires and his parents were killed in a DWI crash over the weekend. Ramirez was a senior at Klein Oak High School and was getting ready to graduate in just two weeks.
Klein Oak’s principal, Brian Greeney, said it’s been very difficult for students and staff. Counselors went to each of Ramires’ classes to help his classmates and teachers.
Ramirez and his parents were killed around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when authorities say a suspected drunk driver ran a red light at Kuykendall and FM 2920 and plowed into the family’s car.
Authorities say Jeremy Valdez of Spring resisted arrest as he was taken into custody at a nearby shopping center and booked on three counts of murder.
Court records show Valdez had been arrested for driving while intoxicated three times before.
Greeney says while the natural reaction in tragic situations like this one is to get angry, he wants to keep the focus on campus on caring for each other and honoring the teen’s life.
“He was just a hardworking kid, never got into trouble, very quiet. Every moment he had when he was done with his work, he wanted to do extra work to make sure that he was on course to graduation,” Greeney said. “He had actually completed one of the last things he needed to complete on that Friday. Got his cap and gown. Was where he needed to be.”
The school is asking all students to sign a pledge not to drink -- or text -- and drive.
The school has set up a fund to help the family with funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to: Klein Oak HS; Attention Finance Office; 22603 Northcrest Dr.; Spring, TX 77389-4499,
Family members have also set up a GoFundMe.com account.
Also, the Bleu Oyster restaurant on Spring Cypress Road will be donating 15% of their proceeds on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to the family of Mauricio Ramires.