The Twitter tributes are pouring in for Emilee Hurst, the 18-year-old Judson High School senior who was believed to be the victim of a murder-suicide carried out by her 20-year-old ex-boyfriend, Mark Villarreal. As reported by My San Antonio, police are looking into the deaths of Emilee and Mark, with a school district employee identifying Hurst as the senior who died Monday morning in Selma, Texas.
The reasons for the crime haven’t been released yet, but that hasn’t stopped the tributes for Emilee from rolling into Twitter. While some are writing their rest-in-peace wishes under Hurst’s name on Twitter, others are using the #LongLiveEmilee hashtag to let their thoughts be known about the tragedy.
Mark Villarreal, a man who also graduated from Judson High School, is the alleged 20-year-old shooter in the tragedy. Villarreal is believed to have shot Emilee first, and then turned the gun on himself. Police officers responded to a report of an incident involving a gun at a house in the 14000 block of Medusa.
The melee occurred Monday morning, at approximately 6:15 a.m., and that’s when Selma Police Department officers discovered that gun shots had been discharged. Another person who was in the house escaped and contacted authorities for help.
As seen in the social media tributes, Hurst was a well-loved dance team member and an FFA member.
The #LongLiveEmilee tweets and tributes show how shocking Emilee’s death has been to her friends and family.
On Emilee’s own Twitter account, Hurst had her tweets protected, but those who followed @HurstEmilee are tweeting about Emilee, whose Twitter description reads, “jhs galaxie. senior. bmw.” Hurst joined Twitter in February 2013.
@HurstEmilee’s Tweets are protected. Only confirmed followers have access to @HurstEmilee’s Tweets and complete profile.
On Facebook, Emilee shared photos of herself and others, dressed to the nines in pretty gowns.
On Instagram, Emilee’s account and Instagram photos are also collecting plenty of comments and rest-in-peace wishes.
According to Heavy, Emilee’s Instagram post revealed she’d recently accepted an invitation to prom from a new boyfriend, Brandon Walters, who can be seen via his Facebook page.
The murder-suicide situation is being called sad and shocking for students and friends, specifically in light of how soon graduation looms. As a result, the school has been equipped with more counselors to help guide students through their grief.
As reported by KSAT, friends of Hurst got together on Monday at Grace Community Church, a church that was attended by Emilee. Pastor Darren Stewart of Grace Community Church called Emilee someone who served her church faithfully and deemed her a great person. The pastor heaped great praise upon Emilee in the wake of the news of her untimely death.
“It’s been very positive and encouraging just to hear the students reflect on just the wonderful, wonderful person Emilee Hurst was. She was a selfless individual, who served here at the church faithfully. She watched over our third-graders here with great enthusiasm. By far the students’ feedback has just been how selfless, how giving, how generous and how she was always there for them. [She was] a real leader.”
Meanwhile, the principal of Judson High School sent an email about Emilee’s death.
“Early this morning, we lost one of our senior students, as she was the victim of a tragic incident at a residence. It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of this situation. Police are investigating the matter and JISD Counseling and Support Staff are on the JHS campus to help students, who may have known the victim. If your student is in need of emotional support, please direct them to our counseling offices on the campus. We are here to help.”
The Powder Puff Football game and many other school activities were cancelled on Monday. As seen in the above file photo from Friday, October 6, 2006, Judson High School football players take the field in Converse, Texas.
[AP Photo/Eric Gay]