KHS mourns senior killed in wreck May 5

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A 17-year-old Kilgore High School student was killed in a single-vehicle wreck early in the morning of Saturday, May 5.

Jasmine Victoria Murillo was pronounced dead at the scene of the vehicle collision on FM 16 East in Smith County after the car she was riding in struck a tree. Her death was announced to her fellow students and the high school offered grief counseling.

“We had pastors available on Monday,” Jennifer Hattaway, KHS counselor, said. “We also have three counselors available here.”

Murillo was born on July 4, 2000, in Pasadena. She was described as passionate about music and she played the clarinet while she was a student in Kilgore. She eventually began to instruct other students to help them improve their clarinet playing. She was also reportedly a gifted artist and won first place in a t-shirt design contest while she was an eighth-grade student at Maude Laird Middle School. During this time, she was also active in school athletics. Murillo played volleyball during her eighth-grade year and played basketball from the time she was an eighth-grader until she was a sophomore in high school.

When not at school, Murillo enjoyed playing soccer with her friends and listening to music with her two sisters, with whom she was very close.

A GoFundMe fundraiser page has been set up on behalf of the teenager’s mother, Gloria Murillo, to raise money for funeral expenses. At the time of this writing, $2,390 has been raised.

A visitation service for Murillo was held at Welch Funeral Home in Longview on May 11. Her funeral was held in the KHS Gymnasium on May 12. Murillo is survived by her mother, Gloria Ivette Rivera Murillo, her father, Juan D. Murillo and her two sisters, Giovanna Raquel Murillo and Jocelyn Rebecca Murillo.

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