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Denton Guyer HS football player shot dead

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A Denton Guyer High School football player died Saturday night from a gunshot wound. 

Police found Nathan Maki's body near Bowie on Saturday in Montague County. The Montague County Sheriff's Office isn't releasing many details into how the 18-year-old died, but the shooting is believed to be accidental.

Friends said Maki was on a hunting trip when the shooting occurred. Sheriff's officials said alcohol was likely involved in the incident.

"I was supposed to be there," Tyler Smith, a close friend and teammate said. "He always used to talk about, 'I'm the safest guy around guns - you'll never see me messing around guns,' so for this to happen to him is just a heartbreaker."

Denton Guyer Football Coach John Walsh said Maki had a shy but strong personality and was a leader on the team. 

Maki sat out the season opener against Cedar Hill on Thursday because of an injury.  Walsh says Maki was cleared to play but wanted to make sure he was healthy for later in the season, because of how important the fullback was to the team.

Friends and family turned out for a memorial for Maki on Sunday.

An estimated 500 people attended a memorial at a field house on the Denton Guyer campus on Monday.

"The football team came out and gathered around the family members that were there, and basically just kind of showing them a show of support," Mario Zavala, Denton ISD spokesman, said. "We're a family together, Nate was part of our family so we're a part of your family too, and we're here for you to help you get through this tough time."

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