Written by Avi Selk
Carrollton Creekview linebacker overdosed with heroin before death
A Creekview High School linebacker whose death last month rocked his community in Carrollton overdosed on heroin, we now know.
Kiet Nguyen, 17, died suddenly in his home on Sept. 14. His passing prompted grief on the football field, packed memorials and a foundation to pay his funeral costs. But officials released no details about what happened to him.
The medical examiner has since ruled that Kiet died in his bedroom of accidental “acute heroin intoxication.” It’s been a bad summer for that in North Texas.
After the jump you can read a NeighborsGo story about how the community reacted to Nguyen’s passing.
Creekview responds to teammate’s death with victory
By BLAINE CRIMMINS
September 21, 2012
Only hours after 17-year-old Carrollton Creekview student Kiet Nguyen passed away Sept. 14, his teammates on the football team were faced with the difficult task of moving on.
At such times, the temptation may be to put everything on hold, especially something seemingly as insignificant as a high school football game. But Creekview head coach Jay Cline said everybody wanted to play.
Cline said they held team functions that night to get everyone focused before the game and that his coaching staff did a great job of preparing the kids to make sure they were emotionally and mentally ready.
And ready they were, to the tune of a 24-21 victory over Keller Timber Creek, which improved Creekview’s record to 2-1 heading into the bye week.
“I thought it was courageous effort by our kids to play with a high level of intensity and execution,” Cline said. “We started slow, emotions were high but they settled in and did a great job. It’s a great testament to the kids.”
Not only did the Mustangs play well, they played their best game of the year so far, Cline said, especially on offense. Lead by a strong performance by the offensive line, Johnny Jones rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown while Dylan Kittrell caught four passes for 141 yards and a TD. On defense, Timber Creek standout Cedric Dale had 144 yards rushing and three touchdowns but Cline said his team did a good enough job holding the opponent’s running game in check to secure the win.
Moving forward, Creekview has an extra week to prepare for its next opponent, West Mesquite on Sept. 28. The undefeated Wranglers will be the best team Creekview has faced thus far, Cline said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to put in,” he said. “It’s a great challenge for us. We’re trying to build a program and it’ll be a great measuring stick for us.”
In particular, Cline said the Mustangs will continue trying to build on their running game. But most of all they simply want to get better each week as a team.
A memorial service for Nguyen was held the night of Sept. 20 at Valley View Christian Church on Marsh Lane in Dallas.
Neighborsgo editor Blaine Crimmins may be reached at 214-977-8529.