By Russell Anglin
Quay County Sun
“Leader,” “hard worker,” “original,” “outgoing,” “goofy,” and “good friend” were a few words Kyle Brockman’s classmates used to describe him.
“He was a gift,” Tucumcari High School junior Courtney Sandy said.
Brockman, a 16-year-old THS junior, died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover on I-40, according to New Mexico State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Baker said Brockman was the driver of a westbound 1996 Chevy pickup truck that rolled over at mile marker 348, 13 miles east of Tucumcari about 8:48 p.m. Baker said the pickup drifted off the road’s right shoulder. Baker said Brockman overcorrected, causing the pickup to turn over and eject Brockman. Baker said Brockman was not wearing a seatbelt.
High school principal Nicole Bright-Lesly said the school has brought in counselors and ministers from different churches in town to help students deal with the loss of their friend.
“Probably the most beneficial counselors for the students have been the staff themselves,” Bright-Lesly said. “We’re a pretty close family here … so a lot of the kids felt just as comfortable talking to staff and to each other.”
Bright-Lesly recalled fond memories of Brockman.
“Kyle was a good kid. He was a nice young man. He always had a mischevious little grin on his face and we always knew that he was up to something, but when it came to asking him to make the good choices and do the right thing for us, he always did, so that was what was nice about Kyle,” Bright-Lesly said. “We appreciate everything that the community has done for the school here. We just try to be with our kids and let them express their feelings.”
Peggy Brown, Brockman’s mother, spoke tearfully over the phone Monday.
“He was a good boy,” Brown said. “He was loved by so many people, and he’s going to be greatly, greatly missed.”
When asked about particular events or stories from Brockman’s life they would remember, a group of his friends, including freshmen Sabiana Montano, Matt Carr and Destanie Nathan, sophomore Michael Arellano and junior Courtney Sandy responded with unified, spontaneous laughter.
“Basically he was just there for anyone to talk to,” Sandy said. “No one didn’t like him. Everyone liked him.”