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      Community mourns the death of Palmview soccer player

      A community is mourning following the tragic death a 16-year-old girl who died moments after stepping off of a school bus in Palmview.

      Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state troopers reported that Brenda Cuellar died in an accident off La Homa Road on Monday evening.

      State troopers reported that Cuellar was hit by a car whose driver who allegedly did not stop for the school bus as required by law.

      The driver of the car has not been charged at this time but was taken to the hospital for minor injuries while the accident remains under investigation.

      La Joya Independent School District officials reported that Cuellar was a student and soccer player at Palmview High School.

      Cuellar posted a message to Twitter minutes before her death saying she was exhausted but would continue playing soccer.

      The school district reported that it has made counselors available but students on campus reported a somber day in classes.

      Student Jasmin Luna wrote on Twitter, "It's a silent and sad day at PHS.. nobody is talking in my class."

      Those words were echoed by Palmview girls soccer player Natalia Yvonne.

      "#RIPBrenda, prayers out to you and your family, you were a beautiful person inside out, God be with you," Yvonne wrote on Twitter.

      Football player Robert Perez also joined in the Twitter coversation writing, "The worst things happen in a blink of an eye."

      La Joya ISD Statement

      La Joya, TX " On Monday night, La Joya ISD learned of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Brenda Cuellar, 16 year old soccer student at Palmview High School. Brenda was an avid soccer player, at only 6:51 P.M. before the accident she had tweeted #exhausted| Pero ahi sigo jugando soccer {<}3. Brenda TMs loss is heartbreaking to our district and in particular to Palmview High School Soccer Team. La Joya ISD would like to express its deepest condolences to the family of our student in this distressing time. We are poised to offer our help during this time of need; our counseling services have been extended to the family, teammates and classmates of the student. We would like to thank our resilient community for all their support.