This weekend family and friends will say good bye, but much too soon to a Fairburn football star of Creekside High. 16-year-old De’Antre Turman died after a spinal cord injury during last Friday’s preseason game.
The Associated Press reports Turman’s funeral service has been scheduled for Saturday, August 24 at 11 a.m., and will be held at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral at 212 Riverside Parkway in Austell.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that Turman died from a fractured vertebrae, or a broken neck, as a result of blunt force trauma sustained during a tackle.
Coach Glen Ford, of an after-school college prep program told WXIA News that the tackle was a clean fundamental tackle, but something unknown went wrong. Ford said Truman “appeared to go limp immediately after tackling the receiver from the opposing team.”
The eleventh grade Seminole player’s outstanding performance on the field had already earned him a scholarship offer from University of Kentucky.
De’Antre’s coaches say he was a student “heading in the right direction”, even as he dealt with the death of his mother. They say he was a student who listened and wanted to learn.
Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin has said his agency will investigate Turman’s death as coaches across the country will be watching to see if there is anything that can be done to prevent this kind of deadly injury.
A permanent online Guest Book page is available for people to express their sympathy and support to the De’Antre Turman’s family.