Monday starts a hard second week of school for Fulton County students of Creekside High School. Grief counselor are on the campuses of both Creekside High School and Benjamin Banneker High School, helping students and faculty cope with the tragic death of star cornerback De’Antre Truman.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that Truman died of a broken neck as a result of blunt force trauma sustained during a tackled at the Friday night scrimmage game at Banneker High School in College Park.
Witnesses say Truman tackled the other play in what appeared to be a routine “regular” hit that Truman has done many times.
Sunday evening hundreds of people gathered at the Ben Hill Recreation Center in Fairburn for a candlelight vigil remembering the 16-year-old, affectionately known as Tre Tre.
The eleventh grader’s outstanding performance on the field had already reportedly earned Truman a scholarship offer from University of Kentucky, and the attention of several other colleges and universities.
In May, Turman participated in the RisingSeniors.com’s camp and earned a spot in this year’s annual all-star football game which features nearly a 100 of Georgia’s top high school juniors. De’Antre Truman was considered one of the top prospects for 2015.
The 2009-2011 Creekside Seminoles head coach, Johnny T. White, reacted to his former student’s death. White coached Truman as a freshman and in recalling his experience with Truman, told the AJC, “He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever dealt with in my 18 years of coaching, period, hands down. He was quiet, but always smiling. He had a real good spirit. It was always yes sir, no sir. He enjoyed his team, and he loved his teammates… Just a great kid.”
Turman has recently loss his mother and people close to him said he often used football as a way to help him cope with that loss.
Hundreds of people are expressing their sympathy and support to the De’Antre Turman’s family by visiting a special online Guest Book page. The site also provides information and advice on coping with sudden death, and will remain online permanently.