Sunday, September 27, 2015

Questions still surround NJ high school quarterback's death

While students, parents and coaches mourn the loss of Evan Murray — the New Jersey high school quarterback who died after being tackled on a routine play Friday night — many questions still remain about what happened to the seemingly healthy young man.

After walking off the field on his own power, the 17-year-old Warren Hills Regional High School three-sport star felt "woozy" after the second quarter hit against Summit High School and fell to ground on the sideline.

"He was laying on the ground and everyone was looking at him. He did get back up. He stood up with help and sat on a gurney," said a witness.

Onlookers said Murray mustered a brave thumbs-up gesture to his teammates and the crowd as he was being loaded onto the gurney after the routine tackle.

Even his teammates thought he would be fine as he was wheeled from the home field sideline. The game went on and was completed.

Meanwhile, Murray was then taken by ambulance to Morristown Medical Center, where he was treated and later died.

Medical authorities have not yet released exactly happened to cut short the life of the popular 6-2, 190-pound athlete who was called a "hometown hero" or how he was injured.

An autopsy was set for Saturday afternoon, said Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.

Following a memorial for students and staff on Saturday, district interim Superintendent Gary Bowen issued a brief statement to media.

"I offer my sincere condolences to the Murray family and Warren Hills Regional School District," Bowen said. "The greater Warren Hills community is a close-knit group of fine people, and I thank everyone for their support. I am extremely proud of the students, staff and public officials who came to our stadium this morning to assemble."

And amongst the community's confusion and grief, condolences piled up on social media while a GoFundMe account has been established to raise money for Murray's family.

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