Oil Tank Explosion Kills Texas Teenager

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The burn-off continued Tuesday at an oil storage tank site near Springtown where an explosion left one teen dead and another hurt.
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Annomous

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Dec 20, 2006
 
to those who think that the boys where stupid and dumb i have this to say. Boys will be boys. they where being curious and that is the fact.Zach was a good kid and although i did not know riley i believe he is a good boy to. Zack was not stupid or dumb. zack and riley where just boys being boys and i think those who are being so rude with there comments should just stop and think.
Cheyeanne paulson

Dallas, TX

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Dec 20, 2006
 
Zac and Riley were both wounderful people even no we lost Zac we still have the memoeries of Zac and we still have Riley her with us and were really thankfull that Riley is still with us now

We Love you so much yall to
Cheyeanne paulson

Dallas, TX

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Dec 20, 2006
 
ZAC WE ALL LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!1
WE ALWAYES WILL WE MISS YOU
Girl4mS-town

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Dec 20, 2006
 
Annomous wrote:
to those who think that the boys where stupid and dumb i have this to say. Boys will be boys. they where being curious and that is the fact.Zach was a good kid and although i did not know riley i believe he is a good boy to. Zack was not stupid or dumb. zack and riley where just boys being boys and i think those who are being so rude with there comments should just stop and think.
I agree, I have heard so much "crap" about what happend to Zach and Riley. It was very tragic. No one has the right to say those things about them. They will just be boys. Riley is a good kid i've known him for a long time. Even though I canno't figure out who Zach is I am still sure he was a good kid to. So to those of you who still talk about this badly, then you have a lil sumthing wrong in your head. Think about it what if it was you, or your kid. How do you think his parents and friends feel about this loss?
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Dallas, TX

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Dec 20, 2006
 
All i can do is pray for the families and hope that people will learn from there mistakes. We will miss Zach and riley will need our support and we have to be suportive. Springtown eighth graders have been though alot and are still strong. Everybody has changed because of these freak accident. We will miss you Zach and we love both Zach and riley.
from springtown

Bolivar, MO

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Dec 20, 2006
 
I no longer live in Springtown although I have many friends from there, I have searched and searched to find the names of the boys and their families and it is amazing to me that not one paper has listed any of this information. My prayers are with each family and I agree boys will be boys and god was ready for him or it would not have happened.
JW FTW

Fort Worth, TX

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Dec 21, 2006
 
Mistakes are made that’s a fact in life. We have all made them at one time or another. Unfortunately Zac is not as lucky as the rest of us who are reading this have been. He will not be allowed to learn from his mistakes.
To everyone out there talking crap, making fun, or saying this was deserved... you need to not only think long and hard about who you are... but also, you really need to think about how miserable you will be spending eternity in Hell.
Instead of poisoning your mind and speaking hateful thoughts... I think it would be a good Idea for you to pick up a Bible.
My prayers are with Zac's family and friends.
Heather F

Fairport, NY

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Dec 27, 2006
 
Zack was one of my best boyfriends i ever had and one of my bet best freinds.we had done alot of stuff together.when i found out i was so upset.I got put in the hospital becuz i went mental.I Loved hm so much it almost killed me.It was also realy upseting that Bentley Barret was so upset.Oh and all the people saying that zack only wanted sex and drugs out of life and that he was stupid and he was gay .you are such fags.IF me or Bentley or any other of his freinds or family,u better be ready for a betting.
We all love u so so so so very much.LOVE ALWAYS HEATHER F.
Heather F

Fairport, NY

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Dec 27, 2006
 
from springtown wrote:
I no longer live in Springtown although I have many friends from there, I have searched and searched to find the names of the boys and their families and it is amazing to me that not one paper has listed any of this information. My prayers are with each family and I agree boys will be boys and god was ready for him or it would not have happened.
Hey is this Rashan dangerfeild
Denise

Fort Worth, TX

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Dec 29, 2006
 
I live close enough that we heard the explosion and all of my kids attend Springtown ISD. I don't know the boys involved, but I have heard from friends of my kids that they were basically good boys. At that age doing something stupid doesn't mean you are stupid; it just means that you're young and lack the life experience to always have good judgement. I know that I did stupid things at that age and I'm reasonably sure my kids have done things that I don't want to know about.
I am apalled by the ugly comments that I have heard from people. I can only hope that their children are so perfect, or so lucky, that nothing like this ever happens to them. My family has been praying for these families since the day of the incident and will continue to for a long, long time. I realize their lives will never be the same, but I hope that with support from the community, prayer, and time, they will heal enough to find a place that they can go on.
LDM AND ZJM FOREVER

Denton, TX

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Jan 1, 2007
 
ME AND ZACKY HAD A GREAT FRIENDSHIP. IT WAS DIFFRENT FRIENDSHIP THAN ANY OTHER 1. I COULD TALK TO HIM ABOUT ANYTHING I WANTED . HE HELP ME WHEN I HAD PROBLEMS AT SCHOOL. AND I HELPED HIM WITH HIS PROBLEMS. I WILL ALWAYS MISSAND LOVE . U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.
Heather F

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Jan 13, 2007
 
OMG i just can not stop think about zach i keep thinking about all the stuff we did.Well i went down to the field and tried to get in to where the tank is but could not get over the fence and dint realy want to get caught.so i stayed ther for about 19 hour just staring at the place .I never got to tell him that i realy did love him and how much i injoyed being with him.the only thing i ever talk about is him.I LOVE ZACH SOMUCH.U should see me all i do is cry and talk about him.I just want to see him one more time. i would trade god my life for zachs ant day.
beth

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Feb 13, 2007
 
I can't believe that zach is gone i miss him so much! but it is no one fault the stupid thing wasn't lock so i wnat things to be take care of. i will alwqays love him and always miss for ever.
zachary menage
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beth

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Feb 13, 2007
 
Heather F wrote:
Zack was one of my best boyfriends i ever had and one of my bet best freinds.we had done alot of stuff together.when i found out i was so upset.I got put in the hospital becuz i went mental.I Loved hm so much it almost killed me.It was also realy upseting that Bentley Barret was so upset.Oh and all the people saying that zack only wanted sex and drugs out of life and that he was stupid and he was gay .you are such fags.IF me or Bentley or any other of his freinds or family,u better be ready for a betting.
We all love u so so so so very much.LOVE ALWAYS HEATHER F.
no one needs a betting just u u might of went out with him he waws really good friend! u need start knowing the people that really loved him and that u moved! so come back and ask people who was zach he change so much!
Walter Schmuckmire

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Feb 18, 2007
 

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People just can't handle the truth. The painful truth is that one child did something extremely stupid. I'm sure he was a good kid. My prayers go out to the family. Yes, boys will be boys and do really stupid things. But most boys know to keep flame/spark away from gas! So the boy was either a complete retard or he just wanted to kill himself. The loss of a human life is tragic no matter what the circumstances...The real tragedy was the fact that the idiot almost killed his friend. Young people, please be careful who you spend your time with because they just might kill you!
Whitney

Fort Worth, TX

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Mar 12, 2007
 
We love you Zacky and will not ever forget you!
We miss and love you so much
YOUR MEMORY WILL CARRY ON!
Heather F

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Mar 13, 2007
 
I LOVE ZACHARY JAMES MENGE EVER SOMUCH.
Heather F

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Mar 13, 2007
 
If you need to talk trash bought some one dont do it bought zach.And if it is imposible for u not to talk trash bought some one you did not even know then do it on ur own time and ur personal area,so u dont wast someones time reading ur gay letters buoght someone u did not know OK.This was very upsetting to alot of people and this letter probley made it even more upsetting for someone.He was not an idiot and he was not trying to kill himself.Zach was very smart and would not give up his life for anything.If he could turn back time he would.And no he did not almost kill his friend Riely chose to go with him.OH and dont tell people to be carefull with the friends they chose they will pick who they pick.You did not even now him so u are rely the big idiot who can get his own self killed with the stuff he says bought people.How bought u just shutup and mind ur own bisnuss.BIZNICH.
Whitney

Fort Worth, TX

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Mar 23, 2007
 
Zacky I miss you so much and wish you were here I am hearing stuff that keeps getting brought up and I will still stand by your side no matter what and stand up for you and I know veryone else who was your friend will to because....

YOUR MEMORY WILL CARRY ON ¢¾¢¾¢¾
Brittany

Fort Worth, TX

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Mar 24, 2007
 
Zack i will miss you and love you i know that everybody was sad we will see you again someday because god is merciful and will forgive you you are missed and are so loved love you

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