“He was a good brother, always wanted to hang out,” 15 year old Raul Torres said. “Good kid, good at whatever he did. Give him something, he’d pick it up quick.”
Markell was on vacation in Rhode Island this week with friends. He was with two other people in a car on Route 102 in Burrillville when it collided head on with a mini-van Thursday afternoon. Markell and a teenage girl were both killed. The third person suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the van was seriously hurt.
“He was with somebody he cared about and he died with somebody he cared about,” Markell’s younger sister Jacindalyan Torres said.
“I talked to him the other morning so it’s just weird to hear that he’s not going to be here,” Raul said.
Markell’s family says he excelled at Easthampton High School and was particularly involved in extra curricular activities. He was a major part of the school’s the cheer team and was known around school as the kid who could nail flips. Markell graduated just a few weeks ago.
“He was actually doing really good. He just graduated, he got his cosmetology license,” Jacindalyan said. “He finally got the scholarship to the gym he wanted to be in. He wanted to make it to worlds to perform with his team.”
While that dream can tragically never be realized, Markell’s siblings say it’s say ear to ear smile they’ll never forget.
“If he saw someone was sad, he could always talk to them and cheer them up and make them happy,” Jacindalyan said.
Counseling is being made available to any of Markell’s former classmates at Easthampton High School. Grief counselors will be at the high school Saturday from 12PM until 2 PM in the cafe commons to assist any student in need of support. Resources for parents to help their children through tragedy will be also available.