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Classmates share memories of student killed in accident

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Christian Ali Monreal, 18, was killed Wednesday afternoon when the truck he was riding in went off the road, over-corrected, and rolled over in a ditch at Airline Road and Skyline Drive.

Monreal's classmates at Longview High School say he was a bright, athletic young man who was a senior and was on the varsity soccer team.

"Every time I was down, he was the guy to get you up, and get you to laugh. I have good memories," said classmate Marco Saldana.

"I have never seen him sad, every time I see him he was laughing and goofing off with somebody," said classmate Alexus Johnson.

Cristian was one of the four seniors driving back to school Wednesday afternoon.

The driver lost control of the vehicle; he over corrected rolling his truck into the ditch.

Cristian was riding in the bed of the truck when he was ejected, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

"When a whole bunch of people started texting me and telling me he passed away, I was just like, wow, life isn't promised to anybody," said Johnson.

Police believe the driver of the truck was going over the speed limit.

"The driver will receive will a citation for failure to control speed," said Longview Police officer Kristie Brian.

Longview ISD say they are working with students to make sure they have the emotional support they need at this time of loss.

"We have three classrooms set aside just for counseling purposes, and they have been packed throughout the day. There is a steady stream of traffic," said Longview ISD representative Adam Holland.

Saldana says he is glad Cristian made the varsity soccer team this year. It was a step towards his goal.

"He was a fanatic at playing soccer, his dream was to be a professional soccer player," said Saldana.

Students have only good memories of Cristian to help carry them during this time of tragedy.

According to police, two of the three others in the truck have been released from the hospital. Police say that Cristian and one of those who were injured were riding in the bed of the truck.

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