A high school football player dies after suffering an injury during a game Friday night in Louisiana. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb identified the victim as 16-year-old Tyrell Cameron, a Franklin Parish teammate who was hurt while helping cover a punt in the fourth quarter of the game against Sterlington, according to CNN.
The football player collapsed on the field after impact with a teammate, according to Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner’s office. He was transported to the emergency room at Franklin Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The coroner’s office was still investigating the precise cause of death, Ogden said. Northeast Louisiana Ambulance Service was on the sidelines during the game and rushed onto the field to help when Cameron was injured.
As news about the high school football player death spread, LSU coach Les Miles said he was planning reach out to the coaching staff at Franklin Parish.
“Just a horrible situation,” Miles said after the weather-related cancellation of LSU’s season opener against McNeese State on Saturday night. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in the entire thing. … You never expect something like this to happen. Just a horrible and sad situation and again our prayers are with the family, school, coaches and players.”
Louisiana High School Athletic Association executive director Eddie Bonine released a statement as well.
“As a father of three children, my heart breaks for Tyrell’s family,” Bonine said about the high school football player. “I cannot imagine their pain.”
A vigil for the 16-year-old football player was planned for Saturday night at Franklin Parish. The school posted condolences on social media.
“He loved his family, his team, and the game of football. He will be missed,” the school’s Facebook page read. “Tyrell will live on in the memory of those who loved him,” the school’s athletic program tweeted.
Sterlington football coach Jason Thompson offered his condolences . “Life is precious and we all mourn the loss of this young man,” Thompson said.
Since 1995, there have been 77 known cases in which the death of high school football players were directly linked to football, according to numbers compiled by The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. There were five during the 2014 season.
The center says about 1,100,000 people play high school football.
Also this week, a 16-year-old high school football player in Texas broke his neck during a junior varsity game, according to an online fundraising page for Jasiel Favors. Favors, who played for Stony Point in Round Rock, is paralyzed from the waist down, the Austin Statesman reported Thursday.
Sophomore Josh Moore said that Jasiel collided with two players and went down.
“Pretty sad to see because he was just laying there, I was worried if he was still alive or not, because he didn’t move and they all swarmed, the cops swarmed over there,” Moore told the Austin-area station about the high school football player.