Counselors on hand at Burnet High School after student found dead at home

BURNET — Counselors remain available at Burnet High School after 18-year-old student Darlene Jackson was found dead inside her home Oct. 27, officials said.

The cause of the senior’s death remains under investigation, Police Chief Paul Nelson said Oct. 30.

Jackson’s body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin for an autopsy and toxicology tests, officials said, and results could take six to eight weeks.

Meanwhile, Principal Mark Kincaid said counselors have been available to students if they need help coping.

"She was a good student, working hard to finish school," Kincaid said. "You can’t ask for much more from a student than that."

A visitation is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222.

Jackson’s funeral is 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Church at The Epicenter, 2401 U.S. 281 North, with the Rev. Kyle Byrd officiating.

Interment will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.

Kincaid said students who have permission from their parents will be allowed to attend the funeral.

Jackson was born in Austin on May 9, 1994, and raised in Burnet.

She worked part-time as a server at Crazy Gal’s Café. Her family said she "was saved to the Lord during her freshman year in high school."

According to relatives, the Bible verses in her room at home were Romans 10:9-10, Colossians 1:1-10 and John 3:3-5.

jared@thepicayune.com

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