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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Friday, November 04, 2011

Funeral services and dedication ceremony set for Crenshaw School student struck by car
Student to be remembered with a dedication of his basketball jersey before the school’s Veteran’s Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 8

PORT BOLIVAR, Texas – Students, staff and community members are coming together to remember and honor the memory of Ernesto Rodriguez, a 12-year-old sixth-grade student, who passed away in a tragic truck accident on the night of October 31.

A viewing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Port Bolivar Methodist Church at 12th and Madison in Port Bolivar, Texas with the funeral set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the same location. The burial service will take place at the Port Bolivar Cemetery at State Highway 87 and Magnolia Street. The Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department will host a reception following the services.

At approximately 8:13 p.m. on Monday night, two local students were hit by an oncoming truck after jumping out of the bed of a passenger truck near the Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department at 1806 Broadway St. The truck had stopped on the east-bound lane of Loop 108, while the truck that struck the students was moving west, the Galveston County Sheriff's Department reported in a statement released the following morning.  

Rodriguez was pronounced dead just over an hour later. Christian Balderrama , an 11-year-old, sixth-grade student remains in stable condition at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston where the students were airlifted by helicopter. According the to the Sheriff's report, the students planned to attend a Halloween candy event at the Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department.

Meanwhile, Crenshaw School will host a dedication ceremony in Ernesto’s name before its Veteran’s Day ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8 at the campus. Ernesto had been named captain of the Crenshaw middle school basketball team, set to play its first organized game this season. The school will retire his jersey and hang it in the rafters of the gymnasium as well as hang a plaque in his memory.

Crenshaw students in grades 6-8 have been creating a PowerPoint presentation about their friend. A memorial page has been set up on the school website as well. Also, Texas First has set up a memorial fund for Ernesto to help pay the costs of the funeral. Those who are interested can make a payment to the Ernesto Rodriguez Memorial Fund at any Texas First bank.

Please click here to view the Ernesto Rodriguez Memorial Page

“Students and staff are feeling the loss and pain associated with losing such a treasure, for he was very well liked and loved by his friends and teachers here at Crenshaw,” said Crenshaw Principal Eric Paul. “A young man with many unique and special qualities, we are grateful to have known him, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to not only teach Ernesto, but to learn from him as well. He will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.”

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