Parkville Middle School Copes With Death Of Student Killed After Drinking Four Loko

PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at Parkville Middle School as students there cope with the death of their 13-year-old classmate killed this weekend along Harford Road.

Derek Valcourt has more on their message to friends of Michael Truluck.

Truluck was an eighth-grader at Parkville Middle School and an incredibly popular student. Classmates and teachers are taking his tragic death especially hard.

Truluck is being remembered by his friends for how he lived.

“He was the nicest kid. He was best friends with everybody,” said student Kellie O’Donnell.

But it’s how he died that has stunned his family and those who knew him through school.

Saturday he and some friends were hanging out in Parkville’s Double Rock Park drinking Four Loko–a fruit-flavored beverage loaded with alcohol.

The drink made him so sick that he called for a ride home.  He opened the door while the car was moving, so he could vomit. That’s when he fell out into Harford Road and was run over.

The news of his death is heartbreaking to the teens who knew him and their parents.

“At 13 this isn’t something they should have to go through,” said Paula Waldhutter, parent.

“And they don’t know how to deal with it because they’ve never had to deal with it before,” said Jenni Frank, parent.

Over the last few days, hundreds of kids have stopped by, adding their own tributes to a make-shift memorial near the accident scene along Harford Road.  Many parents choose to use this tragedy as a teachable moment for their kids.

“I was telling my sons and their friends this is very sad, but maybe this is a sign that he’s telling each and every boy and girl not to touch alcohol,” said Laurie Reese, mother.

Reese says her sons were close with Truluck.

“Right now my kids are going through a hard time with this,” she said.

She’s warning her kids about the dangers of alcohol–a lesson Truluck’s mother says all parents need to teach.

“It’s sad. It’s just really sad, and I don’t want to have to see another family go through this,” said Kris Keys, victim’s mother.

Truluck family will be taking visitors at Evans Chapel Funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. A prayer service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Saint Ursula’s Church.

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  • robbyd

    clearly a result of specifically drinking four loko. huh? why would that even be mentioned (especially in the title of this article)? It is very sad and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. But this is clearly fishing for a lawsuit against four loko, whereas it is truly an accidental accident involving alcohol in general.

    • robbyd

      accidental accident, redundant… sorry.

    • cathy

      How is the family responsible for what the media reports? How is that “fishing for a lawsuit”?Why would all these people worry about a stupid drink anyway,if you want to say something,try this:I am so sorry for the tragic loss of this son,friend,grandson student to all of the people that this horrible accident has hurt beyond words.

      • robbyd

        My comment was for why this drink was mentioned in the first place. And I believe it is because of all of the lawsuits that have been filed. My heart does go out to the family and friends for this. my comment is only questioning cbs and the author as to why a specific drink was mentioned at all.

  • tim

    Yea he did not die because of this drink he died from falling out of a moving vehicle. I love how so many people want to blame this one drink. So if he had been drinking budwiser would we stop the production of that beer company? This mom needs to wake up. Her son is dead on bad parenting and not being responsible. NOT because he drank this drink.

    • snork83

      It happened to be that drink, but anything can make one puke. I’m lactose intolerant, and I know that for me, drinking milk would be a poor choice. If I fall out of a car because I’m puking out milk, should we sue the cows that made it? I wouldn’t go as far as bad parenting or anything, but I must say that it took several epic fails in a row for this to happen. The company that made the drink wasn’t one of them….and this is coming from someone who doesn’t drink.

    • catherine crago

      What,are you a spin doctor for some stupid drink.How nice of you to take the worst thing a parent can go through,actually you don’t “go through” it,it is your new life and you’re never the same.It is not the natural order of things for a mother to bury a child.How would you feel if this happened to your child and you were reading such an ugly comment.Do YOU have any kids.If so,are they the only kids on the planet that have never made a mistake?This woman sounds like a fine mother,and is actually brave enough to try and use this to help other kids not make the same mistake.She simply said her son was drinking an energy/alcoholic drink.She isn’t responsible for what the news people say,and certainly she is making the point kids shouldn’t drink.I can’t imagine that this grieving mother is thinking about lawsuits.It is more likely she is making funeral plans instead of summer camp plans she should be making and if she’s thinking about much else beyond “how do I keep breathing” it would appear to be “how do I bear my sons tragic death and help other kids learn from it”.You either work for 4loko or you are just a bona fide waste of oxygen,either way,you are a cruel and classless act.

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  • Calvin

    Well yesterday I e-mailed WJZ to remind them that Four Loko no longer has caffeine in it, but since they have to get people tuned in, they are still on the false pretense that it was specifically Four Loko (which there is no evidence at this point he was drinking other than someone saying it was) instead of alcohol. The kid dies because he fell out of the car and was hit by another car, not because of Four Loko.

  • bo

    I know how 4loko killed him 4loko was driving the car that hit him, that is the only way you are going to be able to blame 4loko. sorry for your loss

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