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Outpouring of love for Athens ISD

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Funeral for Christopher Bonilla slated for Friday at the high school

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ATHENS–As students filed into school at Athens’ campuses, they were greeted with support to cope with the overwhelming loss of a fellow student killed in a bus accident Friday. The district had 17 volunteer counselors to help those affected, deal with the tragedy.
Fellow students spoke of Christopher’s fun-loving nature, how he liked to make people laugh and his enjoyment of soccer and Fortnite. He dreamed of being a professional football player. A memorial was set up at the Athens Middle School where friends and classmates left tributes.
Schools surrounding Athens dressed in maroon shirts to show their support and solidaritiy and that support extended to area businesses, many of the photos sent to The Monitor’s Facebook page. Athens ISD posted, “The Athens ISD family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in the wake of Friday’s tragedy. Across the region, the call has gone out: Maroon on Monday. Throughout the city, the county and East Texas, join with us in wearing a maroon or Hornet spirit shirt Monday as a visible sign of your love and support. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of people saying they will be wearing maroon on Monday. We would love to get pictures from across Texas that we can share. Please message them to us. So much love to you all.”
State Rep. Dist. 4 Keith Bell spoke on the House floor Monday on behalf of Athens ISD. Afterwards, lawmakers observed a moment of silence.
There will be no classes Friday, February 1 on Athens ISD campuses as Christopher Bonilla’s funeral will be held in the high school gym at 11 a.m. A benefit account has been set up at First State Bank for the Bonilla and Torres children. Deposits can be made at the following locations: Athens downtown, Tyler Street, Malakoff, Mabank, Gun Barrel City and Corsicana.

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