Officials are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine what caused a 16-year-old Ware County High School student to collapse and die while playing basketball Monday at Waycross Middle School.
School officials have planned a candlelight vigil this evening at Ware County High School beginning at 7:30 in memory of Kysheem Hill.
The community is invited to attend the vigil.
Hill was a 10th grader at Ware County High School.
Police Chief Tony Tanner advised that preliminary autopsy results will soon be known, but he was not available this morning for comment. A spokesman at the Waycross Police Department said the chief has no new information available.
“When he learns more, he will share it with you,” the spokesman said.
Ware County’s superintendent of schools Jim LeBrun offered condolences to the family and friends of the teen on behalf of the school system.
“The Ware County schools community is extremely saddened by the death of one of our students, Kysheem Hill,” said LeBrun. “We extend our deepest sympathy to Kysheem’s family, friends, teachers and classmates for their profound loss. Staff and area clergy will continue to be available for anyone who needs assistance coping with the loss.”
Paige Coker, public relations officer with the school system, said this morning that a large number of students at the school have asked for counseling and that it has been provided.
Coker did not know whether Hill was inside the gymnasium at the school or playing in the parking lot when he collapsed at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.
“There is a question about that but we do not have the answer yet,” said Coker.
Hill was treated by EMTs at the scene, then taken by ambulance to the local ER where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation is being led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Tanner. The body was sent to a state lab in Savannah for autopsy.
Tanner said police department chaplains are also offering their assistance to help calm those affected by Hill’s death.