Muleshoe man dies from fall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Funeral services are being held Wednesday for a 20-year-old Muleshoe man who died Friday in an accidental fall.

Caleb Heinrich died while hunting pigeons with a group of friends in the community of Maple, Texas, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills.

Wills said Heinrich fell through a skylight Friday evening when he climbed on the roof of a Maple cotton gin. He later died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries he sustained in the fall.

Maple is located in southern Bailey County, approximately 45 miles south, southeast of Farwell.

Heinrich played football at Muleshoe High.

Muleshoe Athletic Director and football coach David Wood said Heinrich was a leader who “didn’t have any enemies.”

“He was a very strong player, a very good leader for us. He did more for the team than just playing football,” Wood said.

Heinrich was well loved, Wood said, and was voted most valuable player by his peers at the school.

In the last year, Wood said he had seen a lot of Heinrich, who attended Muleshoe football games to see his younger brother play.

Heinrich was avid outdoorsman and helped his father on the farm, Wood said. He was attending college in Lubbock, Wood said.

Wood said the accident that claimed the young man fit the Heinrich he knew. “He was always climbing on top of the score board, the goal posts, trees; always climbing something.”

Former classmates have been pouring into town since the weekend, Wood said, returning to the community to say goodbye to their friend.

• Services will be held at 11 a.m. (CST) Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Muleshoe with graveside services to follow. Information: Ellis Funeral Home at (806) 272-4574