Youth foot­ball league mourns death of teen who col­lapsed at prac­tice

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tom David­son

PITTSBURGH – Mem­bers of a Pittsburgh youth foot­ball league were in mourn­ing Thurs­day after a 13-year-old boy col­lapsed and died while at foot­ball prac­tice the night be­fore. The Al­legheny County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice iden­ti­fied the boy as Jordan C. Duck­ett.

Au­thor­i­ties re­sponded to a play­ing field at Chartiers Av­enue and Middletown Road around 7:40 p.m. Wed­nes­day after re­ceiv­ing reports of an un­re­spon­sive boy on the field.

Duck­ett had been prac­tic­ing with a West­side Mus­tangs Youth Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion team when he col­lapsed while run­ning off the field, Pittsburgh po­lice spokes­woman Cara Cruz said.

Duck­ett was pro­nounced dead at UPMC Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Pittsburgh in Lawrencevi­lle. The med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice will de­ter­mine the cause and man­ner of death, Cruz said.

Team and league of­fi­cials didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment, but the team said on so­cial me­dia that it would hold an emer­gency meet­ing at 5:30 p.m. Thurs­day. Grief coun­selors were ex­pected to be avail­able.

“The Mus­tangs Fam­ily will come to­gether and wrap our arms around this fam­ily who have suf­fered a sig­nif­i­cant loss,” the team said in a Face­book post. “We will work to­ward con­tin­u­ous sup­port for the fam­ily and all par­ties in­volved.”

All Western Pennsylvan­ia Youth Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion prac­tices and games are can­celed this week, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment posted on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Face­book page. The as­so­ci­a­tion in­cludes 17 teams in Pittsburgh and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“WPYAA sends the deep­est and sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the young man who passed to­day,” the post said. “To the West Side or­ga­ni­za­tion, what­ever you need we are here.”

Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

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