Jordan Gonzalez was full of energy and always quick with a joke.
The 15-year-old was athletic, too. He enjoyed playing soccer and football. He ran track and was on the Brenham High School swim team. He could often be found fishing, hunting or riding on a horse.
Monday night, as Gonzalez was returning from feeding his horse Nightmare, the pickup he was driving flipped and rolled several times on Old Navasota Road in Brenham, ejecting the high school freshman.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Upon receiving news of Gonzalez's death, Brenham ISD administrators released the following statement Tuesday via spokeswoman Jessica Johnston:
"Our Cub Nation family is heartbroken today as we mourn the loss of one of our students. Counseling staff are available on campus for students who need emotional support during this difficult time. We ask our district and community to help us support those who are grieving and dealing with this terrible tragedy."
Gonzalez's stepmother, Karla Orozco, described the boy as a happy teen who loved to be active, and he had a special relationship with Nightmare. The horse will miss Gonzalez, she added mournfully, and will wonder where the boy went.
Gonzalez, who was born in Harlingen, was the second-oldest of three brothers, two sisters, a stepsister and stepbrother.
"He had a lot of things in common with his dad," Orozco said. "They spent a lot of time together."
Gonzalez was often the "life of the party," his stepmom said.
"He was the most energetic and happiest person you've ever met," she said. "He was always on the go, always had something to do, and he was such a joker."
According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Morgan, troopers and medics responded to the accident around 9:45 p.m. Monday. It appeared that Gonzalez had been driving along Old Navasota Road and, upon reaching a curve, flipped the vehicle.
Troopers surmised that Gonzalez had lost control of the truck along the curve, and in attempting to steady the vehicle, he overcorrected.
Morgan noted that Gonzalez had some form of identification on him, but he was unsure whether Gonzalez was licensed to drive independently. Morgan said the crash report does not note whether the teenager had been wearing a seat belt.
Gonzalez's stepaunt, Claudia Arnold, shared a GoFundMe campaign on social media, established to assist the Gonzalez family with funeral expenses. The description on the website reads: "Jordan had a beautiful smile with lots of laughter in his eyes -- a sweet, respectful boy."
The campaign can be found at http://bit.ly/jordangonzalez.
Donations also can be made for funeral costs by contacting a Wells Fargo representative and requesting to give to the account of Jose T. Gonzalez in regards to the death of Jordan Gonzalez. Services are pending at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.