Irving Teen Dies One Day Before Starting College

Nimitz High graduate was freshman at Texas Tech

NBC 5 News

An Irving, Texas, teenager died on Sunday, one day before starting his freshman year at Texas Tech University.

Dalton Debrick, 18, was found dead at a house in Lubbock not far from the Texas Tech campus about 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Officers had responded to a complaint about a loud party at the same house about midnight but left after giving a warning to keep it quiet.

Homicide detectives are investigating, but police have released few other details.

Debrick graduated from Nimitz High School in Irving a few months ago.

"It's all just speculation at this point," said his godmother, Laura Surles, of Palmer. “We're waiting to get the answers."

Debrick wanted to major in education and become a coach to teach young people about sports, Surles said.

She said he was popular in school and always showed his warm personality.

“He had a beautiful smile,” she said. “He was one in a million. He was a good kid."

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