Authorities are still investigating after a 17-year-old student with Hays Consolidated Independent School District died Friday.
HCISD notified parents about Xavier Jacaman's death late Friday night. The cause of his death is under investigation, but KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman said it does not appear suspicious.
According to the district, Jacaman was a "gifted student" who ran on the Rebel Cross-Country Team and was studying to earn his Emergency Medical Technician certification through the district's Career and Technical Education program.
Jacaman was planning to serve in the United States Army after graduation in seven weeks, school officials said.
The district’s crisis counseling team is available on Monday for students and staff members who may need support.
Here is the letter emailed to parents Friday:
Dear Rebel Parents and Staff,
I am emailing you on behalf of Principal David Pierce and I am saddened to have to share with you that one of our students, 17-year-old Xavier Jacaman, has died. We learned this information late tonight from authorities who are still investigating the cause of death. This is clearly very sad news for the Hays Rebel community and for his friends and family. Xavier was a member of the Hays High School Class of 2017.
On Monday, our crisis counseling team will be on campus to talk with students and staff members who may need counseling support. As you know, the loss of a friend or peer can trigger different emotional responses in teens. Understanding and working through loss is regrettably something we have experienced far too often in recent weeks and years. I am grateful that, together, we all make up a remarkable care network in Hays CISD for those of us who are hurting most.
Please keep Xavier’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Public Information Officer