Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
Teachers and students are coming together Tuesday to remember Nathan Maki, a student who died over the Labor Day weekend in what is being described as a hunting accident.
Grief counselors will be available this week to students at Denton Guyer High School as they deal with the devastating loss of student-athlete Nathan Maki.
Maki's body was found Saturday in a pickup truck in a field near Bowie, after his friends said he had been dove hunting.
The teen will be laid to rest Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle.
Friends and students at Maki's school, where he was a member of the Class 4A State Champion football team, are wearing blue ribbons to memorialize the teen on Tuesday.
"It's an emotional day for sure, and a difficult day for us," said Denton Independent School District academic director David Hicks. "We're doing what we can to help them adjust as they come back to school, we know it's a challenging day."
The football team is planning their own memorial. During Thursday night's game, the team plans to present a jersey to Maki's family as well as show a video montage. They are also establishing an account at Northstar Bank to offer assistance to Maki's family.
NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Catherine Ross contributed to this report.