Former Tulare Western QB Andre Aguilar dies in car accident
Former Tulare Western High School quarterback Andre Aguilar died on Saturday in a car accident in Fresno, according to a GoFundMe page set up to support his family. He was 22.
Aguilar, who graduated from Tulare Western in 2017, helped the Mustangs win an East Yosemite League championship in 2015. The following season, he guided Tulare Western to its first Valley title game appearance in more than a decade in the Central Section Division III championship showdown.
During his Mustangs’ career, Aguilar passed for nearly 3,300 yards and 31 touchdowns. As a senior during the 2016 campaign, he passed for 2,317 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards and another 14 touchdowns.
Aguilar was named the 2016 EYL co-offensive player of the year. He also received the most valuable player award at the East/West All-Star football game in 2017.
In a post on Twitter and Facebook, the Tulare Western football program shared its condolences: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Andre Aguilar. Andre led the Mustangs to a league championship and Valley Championship appearance. He helped set the standard of what being a Mustang is all about. You will be missed but never forgotten.”
Aguilar recently graduated in May from Fresno State.
Aguilar’s Mustangs’ teammates, including former star running back David Alcantar, also went to social media to express the loss of their beloved quarterback: “You were taken from this world too soon,” Alcantar posted on Twitter. “Too many things going on right now. We loved you Dre forever the GOAT in my heart. Tell all my boys hi in heaven. I’ll see you guys all again one day. Long Live My Brothas.”
As of Monday morning, Aguilar’s GoFundMe page has raised more than $26,000 from 425 donations.
“Those of you who had the opportunity to know Andre truly understand how special he was,” wrote Loren Sinott on a GoFundMe page for Aguilar. “He had a kind soul and a generous heart, who was always willing to help others, and now it is our turn to help him and his family. The family is facing an unimaginable loss by this unforeseen circumstance, along with expenses of a funeral. Any amount of funds donated are greatly appreciated and would be an eternal blessing to this family.”
Vongni Yang is a sports reporter for the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register. He covers Tulare County sports. Follow him on Twitter @Vongni. To support his continued coverage of local sports, subscribe today.