A New River Air Station Marine has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Aaron Block, 26, from Atascosa, Texas, is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and felony passing a stopped school bus causing death.
Block was driving home to pick up a forgotten ID when, around 6:40 a.m. Monday, he allegedly didn’t stop his 2009 Honda Civic for a Dixon High School bus that had its stop sign out and red lights on, First Sgt. David Oglesby said.
When he passed the bus, coming from the opposite direction, Block’s Civic allegedly struck David Palacio, a 16-year-old Dixon High School student, Oglesby said.
Block was processed at the Onslow County Jail late Tuesday and was set with a bond of $40,000.
When tragedy hits Onslow County, local residents step up to surround those affected with love and a reminder that they’re not alone – and Monday’s tragic beginning, with a 16-year-old Dixon High School student being killed set those wheels in motion once more.
Just hours after news of David Palacio losing his life came out Kat Howell, a woman who didn’t know David or his family, was driving into Jacksonville with a filled-out permit to plan a candlelight vigil in his memory.
Howell said she knows David’s family has friends and other family members nearby, but “they have enough on their plate,” she said, including funeral arrangements, and she’s known vigils to show grieving families that the community is in support of them.
The permit was approved Tuesday afternoon and Howell said she spoke with David’s family when she stopped by their home to drop off flowers and to make sure they were okay with having her set up the vigil, which she said they approved.
Howell will have a notebook at the event for others to leave their names, phone numbers, and email addresses to be part of a volunteer list of helpers for the family. Help may come in the form of preparing meals or cleaning, Howell said.
The vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Friday at the Freedom Fountain next to City Hall in downtown Jacksonville.
Howell said she wanted David’s family to know they have support from their community. If anyone attending has tapered candles or chunky candlesticks they’re willing to donate, Howell asked they bring them Friday evening.
She hopes to see hundreds at the vigil in support of the Palacio family.
“I’m a parent and I can’t imagine what the family is going through right now,” Howell said.