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‘He will always be in our hearts,’ friends remember Mecklenburg high school football player

Posted at 7:59 PM, Oct 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-20 07:44:16-04

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. -  A Mecklenburg high school student died after he was injured in a football game Friday night.

Park View High School junior Jamond Salley was hit and injured just before halftime during a game against Brunswick High School in Brunswick County.

"He was tackling somebody and they went head to head," said Antoine Williams.

Antoine Williams was watching the game from the sidelines.

"Right before halftime, I seen Salley holding his head," said Williams. "You can tell that he was in pain."

While Jamond was receiving medical attention on the sidelines, witnesses say he became unconscious and started having seizures.

That's when Jamond was given CPR.  He died on the way to the hospital.

"It was kind of sad.  He was doing something he loved to do -- playing football," saidBrandon Bullock.

"Felt like, I really loss my best friend.  We were real close," said Williams.

Friends described Jamond as a caring person who had a smile on his face -- always trying to help others.

"He will always be in our hearts.  He's somewhere in a good place," said Williams.

And Williams says, if Jamond was here how he would tell his friend he loves and misses him.

Dr. James Thornton, Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools, released this statement:

As Mecklenburg county Public Schools faces the tragedy of the loss of Park View High School Junior, Jamond Salley we ask that the community join together to help support one another.  Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete.  Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful.  He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention. At this time of loss, we as a community of schools will come together to help our fellow teammates at Park View High school. Our division will have grief counselors on hand at Park View High school during the week as we grieve for the loss of our friend, Jamond.