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Children join together to mourn the death of their young friend and to pray for he and his family.

A prayer vigil was held on Sunday at Sandy Creek Park for Nick McBride, the 13 year old boy who died on Friday evening after he suffered a gunshot wound at a home on County Road 356, south of town.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said McBride and two other children were apparently playing with a loaded pistol when the incident occurred.

McBride was first taken to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital where he was treated before being taken to a hospital in Beaumont where he died a few hours later.

Newman said the incident was under investigation but that all indications were that it was simply an an accident.

Officials with the Jasper Independent have announced that provisions arrangements have been made for grief counseling for students.

The statement from the school reads as follows:

Dear JISD parents and community,

"It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On Friday, Nick McBride, a 7th grade student at Jasper Junior High, died in a tragic accident at a home. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

Jasper ISD and Jasper Jr. High have a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. JISD will have counselors available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. Also, we encourage you, as parents, to use our resources. Contact your child's school for anything you may need during this time.

We have attached some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Vanessa Phillips at Jasper Jr. High, 409-384-3585 or via email at vphillips@jasperisd.net or any of our school counselors.

We are deeply saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. We ask that you join us in praying for the family at this time.

Sincerely,

Jasper ISD