LUBBOCK, TX— The family of Dalton Debrick, 18, of Irving spoke out Monday - one day following the discovery that he had died in a Central Lubbock home over the weekend. Lubbock Police said Debrick died sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the 3600 block of 36th Street. Debrick had just moved to Lubbock from Irving to start his freshman year at Texas Tech and was rushing the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi.
Laura Sules, Debrick’s godmother, said he was excited to come to Lubbock, pursue his goals of teaching athletics and working with kids.
Robert Mendoza, Dalton’s baseball coach of three years, described Dalton as an outstanding teammate and good friend.
“He was a very happy go lucky kind of kid,” Mendoza said. “He always had a joke or something funny to say, and he brought that smile to a bunch of the guys in the locker room.”
Mendoza also said that the Irving community is heartbroken.
“We are going to be here to support his family and his friends and all the kids in the school building, and we'll pull together,” Mendoza said. “But right now our hearts are broken. We are missing one of our brothers.”
Texas Tech on Monday said, "The University is saddened by the loss of students, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Dalton's family and friends during this difficult time."
Dalton’s family has set up a fund in his honor: CLICK HERE to see it.