New York teen collapses and dies during high school basketball tryout

A 15-year-old boy in New York unexpectedly died Wednesday after collapsing throughout a highschool basketball tryout, a teen who was seemingly in good well being, his heartbroken mother and father say.

Carmyne Payton, a sophomore at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague Excessive College on Lengthy Island, collapsed whereas sprinting, in keeping with a report from NBC New York.

“He was on the second day for tryouts,” Payton’s father, Arthur Payton, advised the outlet. “I had simply spoken to him. He was very excited. I advised him to name me when he obtained out.”

That telephone name by no means arrived.

As an alternative, the information outlet reported, Arthur Payton and the teenager’s mom, Tiffany Wofford, had been referred to as to the college the place they watched emergency medical technicians try to revive their son.

“My child.  … I don’t even know. A wholesome 15-year-old. I don’t know, I don’t perceive,” Wofford advised NBC New York by tears whereas sporting her late son’s sweatshirt and his faculty identification card.

“They took him to the hospital … he simply by no means awakened,” she mentioned.

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Payton’s mother and father didn’t instantly reply to an NBC Information request for remark.

Murder detectives investigated the dying of a 15-year-old male on Wednesday that “occurred inside Copiague Excessive College,” Suffolk County police mentioned in a brief assertion Friday. Investigators believed the dying was not a legal matter.

Principal Joseph M. Agosta and district Superintendent Kathleen Bannon knowledgeable mother and father Wednesday in letters of a pupil dying, a district spokeswoman mentioned.

Agosta’s letter, which didn’t identify the teenager, mentioned there could be counselors on the faculty to assist through the troublesome time.

“The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague Excessive College has skilled the dying of a pupil that has affected us deeply,” the letter mentioned. “As a college employees, we encourage you to pay attention fastidiously to your baby, reply questions overtly and actually in the event that they happen, and let your baby know that even adults do not need all of the solutions to the questions they could have. Accepting your baby’s emotions and validating these emotions can be useful.”

Payton had 4 siblings, NBC New York reported, was an avid skateboarder and cherished artwork. He practiced arduous through the summer time within the hopes of constructing the basketball crew.

An post-mortem will decide a reason for dying, his father mentioned. His mother and father mentioned he had bronchial asthma, however it was underneath management.

“‘Dad, I like you,’” had been his son’s final phrases, Arthur Payton mentioned. “I simply obtained to cherish that second ceaselessly now.”