A Louisiana high school football player has died after suffering an injury during a game.
According to Fox News, 16-year-old Tyrell Cameron, a Franklin Parish High School player, was fatally injured as he tried to cover a punt in the fourth quarter of the game against Sterlington on Friday night.
Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner’s office, said Tyrell collapsed after an impact with another player. Tyrell was immediately transported to the emergency room at the Franklin Medical Center by the Northeast Louisiana Ambulance Service.
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Shortly after his arrival, Tyrell was pronounced dead, according to coroner’s office spokesman Shane Scott. KNOE reported Cameron broke his neck, however, his official cause of death is still being investigated.
All Falcons please keep in prayers player from Franklin Parish who died tonight after injuries suffered during a punt return.
— STA Falcons (@falcons_sta) September 5, 2015
“He had a collision with another player and collapsed,” Ogden told USA Today Sports. “Life-saving measures were performed and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced dead (at the hospital).”
Tyrell will live on in the memory of those who loved him. Prayers for his family. Support from throughout the state is greatly appreciated
— FPHS-athletics (@fphs_athletics) September 5, 2015
“If you only know Tyrell Cameron in death, and didn’t know him in life, then you truly missed out on what is good in our country… he loved his family, his team, and the game of football,” the Franklin Parish Patriot Football team wrote in a post on Facebook. “He will be missed… the next time you come across someone of a different race, or background, or religion, take a moment to get to know them, because you may get lucky enough to meet someone like Tyrell.”
Thoughts and prayers from our football family to Franklin Parish and especially Tyrell Cameron’s loved ones. https://t.co/TsftvZ1I7j
— Plano West Football (@PWSHfootball) September 5, 2015
“As a former coach and administrator I have had the unfortunate experience that both Coach Sebren and Principal Gunter are currently enduring,” LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said. “However, as a father of three children, my heart breaks for Tyrell’s family. I cannot imagine their pain.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Franklin Parish football team
— Alexandria Football (@ash_trojanFB) September 5, 2015
A vigil was held for Tyrell on Saturday at the Patriot Stadium in Winnsboro.
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