Teen’s tragic death saves former coach

WIVB | Katherine Mozzone

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) — A Belen man was near death until a gift from an unlikely source saved his life.

John Madrid has a tough time putting into words everything that made his son one of a kind and special. “Just an amazing kid,” he said.

“He’d walk into the room and he’d just light up the room with his smile and his humor and his great love for everybody,” Madrid added.

He was the the kind of guy who could get away with high-fiving a referee after a touchdown, who always wanted to be the best and who wanted everyone around him to be happy.

When his former lineman coach and family friend became gravely ill, he told his folks he wanted to help any way he could.

“Watching his grandfather, my dad, pass away from that disease is just a horrible thing,” said Madrid. “He didn’t want the family see that happen to him.”

Yet, there was little Jonathan could do. That is, until one day in August. Continue reading


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