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EL PASO, TX – A Parkland Middle School sixth-grader who left campus during the National Student Walkout was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Friday morning on Loop 375 in Northeast El Paso, school district officials said.
The boy, who was 11 years old, was hit by a Ford F-150, which was traveling north on the loop, at 10:27 a.m., police and school district officials said.
He was taken to an area hospital, where he died at about 11:30 a.m., officials said.
The article goes on to state the following:
The child’s name was not released by police or school officials. However, a news release from University Medical Center of El Paso identified him as Jonathan Benko and said a memorial fund has been set up by the UMC Foundation for his family.
The news release states, “Jonathan was struck by a car this morning outside of his school, was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso and did not survive. Jonathan’s mother, Ashley, works as a Registered Nurse in UMC’s Emergency Department. His uncle, Michael Benko, is also an employee at UMC, where he works as a Respiratory Therapist.”
The El Paso Times confirmed the student was not participating in the walkout, but was with a group of students who left the school as other students protested gun violence.
Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent Xavier De La Torre said the boy was with a group of about 12 to 15 students who used the National School Walkout as a way to leave Parkland Middle to go to a park.
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We’ll have the latest on the tragic news out of Parkland Middle School coming up on Good Morning El Paso Weekend. The community mourns the death of 11-year-old student Jonathan Benko.https://t.co/ie2r7nt6dc
— Mauricio Casillas (@MauricioABC7) April 21, 2018
UPDATE: The Parkland Middle School student killed in this morning’s pedestrian crash has been identified as Jonathan Banko, 11.https://t.co/DZFypBlANi
— KTSM NewsChannel 9 (@KTSMtv) April 20, 2018
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