Ga. football player death be­ing in­ves­ti­gated

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FAIR­BURN, Ga. — The death of a sub­ur­ban At­lanta high school player who suf­fered a spinal cord in­jury dur­ing a pre­sea­son football game has prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Ge­or­gia au­thor­i­ties.

De'An­tre Tur­man, a 16-year-old ju­nior at Creek­side High School in Fair­burn, Ga., frac­tured a ver­te­brae in his up­per spinal cord dur­ing a scrim­mage Fri­day night, in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the At­lanta area's Ful­ton County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner's Of­fice have said.

Ge­or­gia High School As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ralph Swearn­gin told CBS At­lanta on Mon­day that, among other things, the agency will in­ves­ti­gate what type of equip­ment Tur­man was wear­ing.

"As we evolve our rules and poli­cies, it's good to have data driv­ing those de­ci­sions, not just some­one in a room say­ing this is what we need to do," he told the tele­vi­sion sta­tion.

One of Tur­man's coaches from an af­ter­school col­lege prep pro­gram told WXIA-TV that the teen ap­peared to go limp im­me­di­ately af­ter tack­ling the re­ceiver from the op­pos­ing team.

"It was a fun­da­men­tal tackle," Glenn Ford told the tele­vi­sion sta­tion, adding that the teen's head was up at the time of im­pact and noth­ing ap­peared to be out of the or­di­nary about Tur­man's tech­nique.

The At­lanta JournalConstitution re­ported that Tur­man — nick- named "Tre Tre" — had al­ready been of­fered a schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of Kentucky.

"His goal was to play pro football," Tur­man's for­mer coach, Ge­orge Purvis, told WXIA-TV.

A vigil was held for the teen at a sub­ur­ban At­lanta recre­ation cen­ter on Sun­day night.

"He lived by football, fam­ily, friends and God," one of Tur­man's friends, Ja­mari Ben­ning, told the At­lanta news­pa­per. "That's all Tre Tre was think­ing about. He al­ways had a goal to al- ways be great. He was never stingy, self­ish; he was just a good per­son and a role model. He never had any doubt in God."

An­other friend of Tur­man's said he couldn't be up­set with the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the teen's death be­cause he died do­ing some­thing he loved.

"God has a plan for us and the rest of the fam­ily," Demar­cus Mor­gan told the news­pa­per. "Maybe this is just what we need to bring us closer as a fam­ily." Class AA 1. Cal­houn 2. Greater Atl Chris­tian 3. La­mar County 4. Brooks County 5. Jef­fer­son 6. Fitzger­ald 7. Lovett 8. Cook 9. Vi­dalia 10. Wash­ing­ton-Wilkes (tie)West­min­ster Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing votes: Heard County 14; Bene­dic­tine 7; Early County 6; Dublin 1. Class A 1.Ea­gle's Land­ing Chris. 2. Prince Av­enue Chris. 3. Lin­coln County 4. Ge­orge Wal­ton 5. Emanuel Co In­sti­tute 6. Wil­cox County 7. Sa­van­nah Chris. Prep. 8. Dooly County 9. Wilkin­son County 10. Irwin County

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