A Louisiana community is mourning the loss of a beloved teenager who died in a wreck.
Louisiana State Police said 16-year-old Christian Tallis of Slidell died shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, after he hit the back of the Freightliner An 18-wheeler on Interstate 12 near Louisiana Highway 434 in St. Tammany Parish.
Tallis was wearing a seat belt but suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Nov. 12 news release from troopers. The truck driver was not injured and is not a suspect.
The accident is under investigation, the police said.
The teenager leaves behind his parents and three siblingsa family member said in a Facebook post.
“Cristian was so loved by so many and he will leave a huge hole in our hearts,” the statement said.
Tulis was the youngest at Pope John Paul II High School, according to WDSU.
Talisa’s parents volleyball coaches at school, according to a Facebook post by a friend. On Saturday, the girls’ volleyball team, on which Sister Tallis plays, participated in the state championshipaccording to NOLA.com
His sister said the game was dedicated to him and the team wore bows with his initials in their hair, the paper reported.
“I have no words. Nothing to talk about,” the friend wrote in his post.
Other friends shared tributes to Tallis on social media.
“This is so unreal,” one user captioned the Instagram post. “I am very grateful for every second I spent with him. His big smile and infectious laughter made all the problems in my life disappear instantly.’
“He was simple an absolute gem from his wider smile and cheerful yet kind personality to Tallis’ undeniable athletic ability. It hurts,” another Instagram post said.
The high school said in a Facebook post that “as a community we all mourn the loss” Talisa, who was described as a “faithful, joyful and comedic friend, teammate, student, brother and son.”
“We will always carry his kind and loving spirit with us every day,” the school said. “To the Tallis family, we love you and will be here every step of the way.”
Counselors will be available on campus, according to WDSU.
St. Tammany Parish is located approximately 80 miles west of Biloxi, Mississippi.