By Chris Edwards
WARREN – An incident at a convenience store in Warren ended tragically last Friday, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
Weatherford said that a call came in that afternoon, at approximately 3:40 p.m., from 911, requesting EMS for an unresponsive individual at the Exxpress Mart. The individual was already being administered CPR, and responders from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Allegiance Ambulance, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Warren ISD police officers responded to the scene.
The individual, a 16-year-old male, was transported via ambulance to Tyler County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe.
Jobe ordered an autopsy on the boy, which will be conducted in Beaumont. TCSO is not releasing the name of the deceased, due to juvenile status.
Weatherford said that deputies spoke with several on-scene witnesses and discovered a small amount of marijuana on a 21-year-old subject, Devon Yeagin, of Warren. He was taken into custody and transported to the Tyler County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana. Jobe set Yeagin’s bond at $1,000, and Weatherford said that the marijuana confiscated from Yeagin will be sent to a DPS testing lab for a complete analysis. Yeagin has since bonded out of jail, records show.
The deceased juvenile was a student at Warren High School, and on Monday, the school district released a statement concerning his death.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the devastating news of the loss of one of our own students. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the young man’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Warren ISD referred to him as one whose “presence brought joy and warmth to our halls.”
The district noted that it will have counselors and pastors available throughout its campuses to provide grief counseling.
Weatherford said that as the investigation into the death continues, the investigators will collect evidence, and are awaiting autopsy results. Also, TCSO is working closely with Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin on the investigation, Weatherford said.