DeAntre Turman, top Georgia football prospect, dies after making tackle

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

A suburban Atlanta community is mourning the death of a high school football player that died after being injured during a preseason scrimmage for Creekside High School on Friday night.

Sixteen-year-old DeAntre Turman died after what appeared to be a routine tackle while playing cornerback. Officials said Sunday that Turman's cause of death was blunt force head and neck trauma.

Turman fractured a vertebra in his upper spinal cord, said Betty Honey, investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.

Turman had tackled his team's tight end as the player tried to catch a pass from their quarterback. He never got back up.

The cornerback was one of the top football prospects in the star for his class and had already received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky. His friends said Turman's goal was to play professional football.

Hundreds of comments have been made on social media, and a number of local teams, players and coaches have offered their condolences on Twitter. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in his memory.

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