An incoming freshman at a North Carolina high school collapsed during a summer football workout and later died.
According to the Greensboro News & Record, 14-year-old Karson Cross, an incoming freshman at Page High School, collapsed after falling ill during an offseason conditioning workout and later died after being transported to a nearby hospital. Cross had been a straight-A student at Cornerstone Charter Academy in eighth grade, and was expected to enroll in International Baccalaureate classes at Page.
“I knew Karson well enough to know that he was a great student — that he was highly respected by his teachers and his peers,” Joe Caraher, Cornerstone director, told the News & Record. “It’s just a very great loss for us.”
A GoFundMe account was set up to support the Cross family and help defray costs for forthcoming funeral arrangements. It has already raised more than 15,000 to help in that effort. Meanwhile, both the students he left behind in middle school and those he planned to join were left stunned by the sudden loss of a friend and teammate.
“He was happy-go-lucky,” Cornerstone eighth grade science teacher Traci McKee told the News & Observer. “He was outgoing — very athletic. … He was everybody’s friend.
“(Cornerstone students) were sobbing. He was an awesome kid. We lost a good one.”