Posted on 04. Apr, 2011 by Brandon Evans
Decatur High School’s freshmen class lost one of its own over the weekend. Fourteen-year-old Travis Sitzman was found dead at his home early Sunday morning.
The cause of death is unknown, but it didn’t take long for rumors to sweep through the community like a harsh wind.
Many of Sitzman’s fellow students immediately began posting comments on his Facebook page. Many said they regretted the way they treated Travis. Mean words and jokes that seemed harmless at the time now leave those who said such things teeming with regret.
This prompted a church in Alvord to assume Travis committed suicide due to bullying even though there is no evidence on that yet. The Dallas Medical Examiner’s office is performing an autopsy. The sheriff’s office has said there is nothing questionable about the death.
All we know is Travis was young man with a bright future who’s life was cut way too short. I know people across Wise County will hold the Sitzman family in their thoughts and prayers.
His death marks the second one this class has already had to deal with. Last school year, in late March, 14-year-old Jonny Bell died from injuries he sustained in a dirt bike wreck. Like Jonny, Travis also enjoyed riding dirt bikes and motocross. Maybe they are riding bikes together in heaven, and streaks of clouds are their smoke trails across the sky.