Published: Friday, 28 March 2014 14:16
Gabriela Montoya, 17, of Kyle succumbed to her injuries this morning when her family had to take her off life support. The Lehman High School junior was in a car accident last Saturday. According to a source close to the family, Gabriela was in a hospital in San Antonio for the past week.
On March 24, a GoFundMe website was created to help the family financially. It read,
"Gabriela Montoya, aka. "Honey-Bun", age 17, and a Junior at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX, was involved in a car accident on her way home from Fiesta Texas San Antonio over the weekend. She sustained a severe brain injury, and other injuries and is in critical condition in ICU at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Gabby is involved in so many sport activities, modeling, preparing for prom, graduation next year, and just living the life of a 17 year old young lady!
Gabby has so much to live for and we need powerful prayers for her recovery and for her family!
Carrie and Richard immediately rushed to be by her side. As any parent would under these circumstances, they left with what they had on hand to be with their child.
I am pleading to as many possible, to please contribute monetary donations to help this family with traveling expenses, meals, medical expenses to be expected and with any other support they need."
To date, the site shows pledges in the amount of $6,375.
The GoFundMe website is: www.gofundme.com/7rr6vo.
Below is a portion of the letter sent out by Lehman Principal Michelle Chae to the families of the school today. There was a paragraph that referred to some attached references, which was deleted for purposes of posting the story.
March 28, 2014
Dear Lehman Families:
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of an eleventh grade student, Gabriella Montoya. She was involved in a car accident on Saturday, March 22 and was unable to recover from her injuries. As we receive additional information from the family to share with their permission, we will be sure to pass that along to you.
We at Lehman High School are concerned with our students’ reaction to this sad event. In order to help them adjust to the loss, we have arranged for our Lehman counseling team to be on hand to support our students. We will call in additional support teams from Hays CISD as needed. Students will be allowed to visit our counseling center to receive support while at school.
It would not be unusual for your child to express himself or herself differently during the next few weeks. Such an incident can have a profound effect on a student. Anytime death touches us it is extremely stressful. This death may be disturbing to you as well as to your child. For this reason, we especially want you to know of our caring and support.
If you should need to talk with one of our team members, please be patient as they are responding to students. If it is an emergency, clearly indicate this to the receptionist so your call can be given priority.
Please be assured that assisting your child through this difficult period is our primary concern. Thank you for your continued support.
Michelle Chae Principal