Saguaro High students mourn death of classmate

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Instead of celebrating a Division III championship in football, students at Scottsdale's Saguaro High School are mourning the loss of one of their classmates.

According to the Department of Public Safety, William Mandel Waldo IV, known to his friends as Billy, was killed when the 2003 Suzuki SUV he was riding in crashed on Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff late Saturday.

The 17-year-old senior and a friend were returning home from the big game against Glendale Cactus.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Waldo, who would have turned 18 in a few weeks, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV when it rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parker Shanks, also 17, was behind the wheel of that SUV. The Chandler teen was wearing a seat belt. He suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center.

DPS is still investigating the cause of the roll-over crash.

On Monday, many Saguaro students wore red in honor of Waldo.

"The tragic loss of an outstanding young man will resonate for some time at our campus and in our community," said Saguaro's principal, Brian Corte. "It's a tragic loss for our student body. Our goal today and our focus is to support the needs of our students and make sure that we're meeting those needs, and being receptive as the students work through the grieving process."

Before school, Waldo's closest friends were already working on ways to raise money to help with funeral expenses, reported 3TV's Gibby Parra.

Waldo is remembered by friends on a Facebook tribute page as a musician, athlete and scholar who tutored his peers.