Student Remembered During Basketball Game

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WELLINGTON, OH - A 13-year-old student who died suddenly during soccer practice Tuesday was honored at the Friday night high school basketball game at Wellington High School in Lorain County.

Drew Guyer, an eighth grader at McCormick Middle School, collapsed and died at soccer practice hours after playing a basketball game.

His parent told Fox 8 News a sudden problem with his heart beat caused his death. They said he recently passed a physical.

“At first, there was a lot of chaos, a lot of shock. But with a small-knit community, we all pulled together. We all came together and we wanted to do something that was right,” Athletic Director Denny Ziegler said.

People in the stands wore blue. The Wellington Dukes warm-up shirts were blue as well.

“Drew’s favorite color was blue and Drew’s favorite team was the Kansas Jayhawks,” Ziegler said.

Donations were collected for Drew’s family and a scholarship was set up in Drew’s name.

Drew's family was presented with a Kansas Jayhawks jersey with Drew's number 13 on it. The Jayhawks head coach also wrote a condolence letter to the family, which was read to the crowd.

"All of those who knew Drew or played with Drew hear me when I say stay strong and focus on the future," his father told the crowd.

Drew’s mother and father also received Drew's varsity letters from Wellington, the high school he would have attended.

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2 comments

  • tim gallagher

    thank you to all who worked on this truly tragic story, you were all extremely professional and did amazing job in a impossible situation, as a close friend of the family we and the family are proud of you, we hope as time goes on this family can heal, but know the road ahead will be very very difficult

    • her

      I am so so so sorry for your loss, Tim. its a terrible thing to lose a child. even a child of a friend in this case. again, i am so sorry for the loss.

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