Shannon High School football player collapses, dies at practice

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SHANNON, Miss. (AP) – A high school football player in Mississippi died after collapsing on the field at practice.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identified the student as Jakobe Kyshon Cooper, news outlets reported.

Cooper, 16, collapsed “during a routine football practice” Tuesday morning, the Lee County School District said in a statement to news outlets.

The teen was pronounced dead at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, according to news outlets. His body was sent to the state crime lab to determine his official cause of death.

Cooper was a running back and linebacker at Shannon High School, news outlets reported.

“The Lee County School District and the Shannon Red Raider Family extend our deepest sympathy to this young man’s family,” district spokesman Robert Byers said in the statement.

Shannon High School Principal Jason C. Arledge released the following statement:

Our Red Raider family is heartbroken due to the loss of one of our own. Jakobe Cooper was passionate for all aspects of life, he was extremely respectful to his teachers and administrators, and he was a joy to be around. Whether we knew him as a student, as a football player, or as a classmate, he was a valued member of our Red Raider family, and we will continue to miss him.

We will have additional counselors available at Shannon High School on Wednesday, June 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Any student or staff member who needs or wishes to participate is encouraged to visit us on Wednesday. There will also be a candlelight vigil and balloon release to celebrate Jakobe on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the high school. If you would like to participate or assist with the vigil, please call us at Shannon High at (662) 767-9566. Further instructions and arrangements will be delivered at a later date.

Please continue to remember the Cooper family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. Thank you for being a part of our Red Raider family.

Principal Jason C. Arledge, Shannon High School

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