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A coach hugs Demario Harris Jr. to help him absorb the loss after the Charles Henderson fell to Oneonta in the 4A AHSAA state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Thursday, Dec 5, 2013. (Vasha Hunt/

TROY, Ala. (WHNT)- Charles Henderson High football player Demario Harris Jr. has died our news partners at report. He was 17 years old.

Harris played cornerback for his team for the last time Friday night.

Moments after making a tackle in the first half of the game Harris suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was taken by ambulance to Troy Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

School officials have not yet confirmed Harris’ passing, and Troy Superintendent Lee Hicks said there has been no confirmation from the family. Hicks urged prayers for Harris and his family and stressed that the support from surrounding communities has been powerful.

Funeral arrangements are not yet available.

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    • greg allen

      Quit being a (). It is the greatest game ever invented and you could have the same result playing soccer which has almost zero pads

  • Katie Miss

    An aneurysm rupture does not require hard contact. It can happen in your sleep. Quit being ignorant. “Gladiator sports” had nothing to do with it.

  • vernon

    I have to say I am glad my son chose not to play football like I did. With that being said, I played hard, fast and head to head football. I had hard hits and several concussions. I would not trade my experiences of playing and the life long friendships for anything. I am sorry this young man died, BUIT I am willing to bet he loved every minute of the game.

  • Brownskxnnd

    “Football” is not a “thug sport” . Sometimes good things happen but sometimes bad things happen . No one is to be blamed for this incident . We just all have to pray that more equipment is involved . “Football” is the best sport in United States history .

  • Kristin

    First of all my heart goes out to this family. Second my son played 4 years of school football, 4 years of school baseball and 2 years of school basketball. He went to the doctor 4 times due to sports – 1 time for staph (during football season) and 2 times for a broken nose and 1 time for bruised ribs (all 3 or those in basketball season). I don’t mind people talking about how dangerous football is – it just makes it safer for the kids that play. This year our team got “speed” helmets – better head protection & the Athletic Association instituted a “no targeting rule”. But ask a doctor – the most serious injuries (concussions/broken bones/etc) per player are for Cheerleaders. Yet no one wants cheerleading banned.

  • Julie Slayton

    My sympathies to his parents, family members and friends. Support. Kindness. Understanding. Listening. Is what this family needs.

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