Pike High school football player dies after collapsing during practice

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 9, 2015) – A Pike High School football player died after collapsing during practice, the school system confirmed.

The student, who was identified as 14-year-old Collin Kelly, suffered a medical incident at football practice Monday and passed away Tuesday, a spokesman for the district said.  Approximately 120 student football players were in the middle of conditioning practice when the incident occurred.

Kelly was going to be a sophomore in the fall. Former Pike coach Derek Moyers told the IndyStar Kelly was “a good kid who worked hard” though he hadn’t yet worked closely with the freshman.”

The school released the following statement about the incident:

The entire Metropolitan School District of Pike Township community is deeply saddened by the death of one of our students. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends for their profound loss.

Football practice has been suspended indefinitely, as school officials work to ensure the safety of the players. The school says they aren't sure what caused Kelly to collapse or if weather played a factor. Temperatures Monday night were in the 80s and humidity was above 60 percent.

Counselors are available to students.

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