Candlelight vigil held for football player who collapsed

A high school football player died after feeling ill. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says the 15-year-old from Houston High School was at football practice Monday when the player started feeling ill.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 11:14 PM
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 11:14 PM

Speech to Text for Candlelight vigil held for football player who collapsed

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help out. but first this evening, we begin with heartbreak in houston. this after thedeath of local high school football player following a game on monday night... wtva'sdaniella oropezahasa look at what we know now.... emily, its been a hard day for the friends and family of 15 year old william anderson.. we are told anderson passed out on the field last night.... houston superintendent tony cook says anderson was ill during the game... he was rushed to a tupelo hospital around 8pm ... and was pronounced deadat 11. hilltoppers head coach ty hardin did not want to speak on camera, but he sent us this statement. "the community, school and town is grieving the loss of will anderson. his smile was electric and lit up the room every day he came up. will was loved by all and will be deeply missed. the 2018-2019 school year will be fought through will's spirit," at this time it is unclear what caused anderson to pass out... but the body has been taken to jackson for an official autopsy... emily? today dozens gathered to remember and celebrate the life of the younghouston footballplayer. wtva's rebecca butcher spoke with the pastor and classmates at a vigil, she joins us live now. rebecca? there were very somber moments of weeping at tonight's candle light vigil. for a young football player who collapsed during a game...known by his contagious smile. "i'mlost forwordsbut i want to thank everyone for comingout and sharing in this moment with us." that's all william anderson's mother could say today after her son's passing. a life gone too soon. the ninth-grader...who played on the offensive/defens ive line for junior varsity collopased at a game monday night, later dying. i spoke with his pastor at bethleham mb. willielairy, pastor,bethlehammb church "he's a fine-loving youngman. very active inchurch, choir what have you.i baptized him, and i'm a believer in when i baptized you i believe that you're saved." pastor lairy says the news was hard to bear. "devastated, i was devastated. the only clue that i had was about three nights ago. i had to pray for two hours. i wondered what was goingon..ididn't know until this happened. it was getting me ready." houston basketball team took to social media to express their ying "please pray for the family ofwilliam andersonas well as all of houston high school. such an awesome young man we lost way too early...but we know god has a plan." at the vigil, a classmate of williams sang ...and he later told me what his selection meant. kirkoynjohnson, classmate johnson:"it just shows even after this tough time and in the crying moment, god is still awesome.he just had a smile that lightened up everybody's day and he had good vibes with everybody. he'll be truly missed." william's sister also told us he enjoyed his 4-wheeler. funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. reporting live in houston rb
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