High school football player dies after practice
AMITE - A 15-year-old Amite High School football player died after practice Tuesday night.
According to Amite Police, rising sophomore Terrance Allen was in the locker room around 9:00 p.m. when he collapsed. Emergency responders performed CPR on Allen before he was transported to the hospital, but he died less than an hour later.
Terrance's mom was at the football field, waiting to pick her son up. She rushed into the locker room when she saw an ambulance arrive.
"I went in there, I saw my child on the floor. They were working on him and all I could say was 'save my child, bring my child back to me," she said.
Twenty-four hours later, his mom is still in shock.
"It's hard right now. I'm in disbelieve, everyone is in disbelief," she said. "It's something I can never get back and that's my child."
The Louisiana High School Athletics Association released the following statement Wednesday afternoon.
"The LHSAA sends our thoughts and prayers to the Amite High School Community and to the Allen family. The LHSAA and LHSCA will continue to monitor this unfortunate situation and provide any assistance when needed."
LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron also offered his condolences.
The thoughts and prayers of the LSU Football family are with the Amite High Football team as they face the tremendous loss of a member of their team.— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) June 19, 2019
Police say Allen had no known medical conditions.
An autopsy scheduled for Thursday was inconclusive and additional tests will need to be done, the coroner told WBRZ. The prelimjinary autopsy found no trauma, and as expected, ruled out foul play. However, tests and further studies that will show whether heat or an unknown medical complication caused the teen's death will be done. Those results may not be available for a while, the coroner said.
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