A 19 year-old student has been killed in a car crash just a year and two months after his 17 year-old brother died in a separate smash. Payton Blalock, of Marshall in Texas, died on Friday when an 18-wheeler hit his truck as he attempted to make a turn.
The Blalock family was hit by a similar tragedy last September when Payton’s 17 year-old son Hayden died after his truck hit a feral hog, went off the road and rolled over several times before striking a culvert, ejecting Hayden from his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marshall Police Department issued a statement in the wake of Payton’s death, saying: ‘The men and women of the Marshall Police Department offer our deepest condolences to the Blalock family during this unimaginably difficult time.’
Payton, who worked as a surveyor, and Hayden are survived by their parents Craig and Danielle Blalock, as well as their sister Emily. The brothers both played for the Marshall Mavericks, and wore sweater number 94.
An online obituary for Payton read: ‘Payton loved Dairy Queen and was always more than willing to spend time eating ice cream with his sister, Emily, whom he adored.
‘He believed nobody could cook pork chops like his grandma.
‘He enjoyed his time chilling out with friends, listening to music, “composing” rap songs and was recently learning how to play the guitar.
‘Payton had a free spirit with an incredible sense of humor, always having a quick witted response for family and friends.
‘He was an extraordinary young man who cared deeply about others.
‘He was employed as a Rodman by MTX Surveying, a job he loved and was the life of the party at work.
‘He will be remembered for his love of life, his goofiness and his big, beautiful, blue eyes.’
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