McAllen ISD students, staff hold vigil in honor of soccer player Moira Claire Arney

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An incoming sophomore at McAllen High School died Tuesday during club soccer practice in Edinburg, the district said in a Wednesday news release.

The student, identified as Moira Claire Arney, 15, is the daughter of the school’s Head Girls Soccer Coach Patrick Arney and English-Language Arts Department Chair Deborah Arney.

The news release didn’t provide details on what led to the student’s death.

 “Words cannot express the depth of this tragedy,” the district said in a news release. “We are a close-knit family at McHi and our heartfelt condolences go out to the Arney family at this most difficult time.”

Students and staff gathered Wednesday evening at a vigil for Arney. 

"One of the things I remember the most is that she had a fantastic kick," said assistant soccer coach Miguel Paredes. "And I was looking forward to her scoring a goal this year."

Paredes was one of the many staff members at the vigil reflecting on the loss. 

"It's so encouraging and amazing to hear some of the teachers that were so connected to her and to know how deeply impactful she was going to be," Paredes continued. 

Arney is described as an active student who was involved in multiple team and organizations at school such as soccer, swimming, orchestra, theater and debate.

In honor of Moira, the school set up an account through Meal Train to take donations that will go toward meals and monetary donations for the Arney family.

Grief counselors will also be set up at the campus for students, parents and faculty members, the district said, adding that it is cancelling Wednesday’s Meet the Players Night for the football team out of respect for the Arney family.


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