A 10-year-old boy died Thursday after collapsing at a peewee football practice in northwest Charlotte, officials said.
Officials have not released Omari Chambers' cause of death.
A witness said it was a normal practice.
Omari was running with the other members of the West Charlotte Hornets youth football team when he suddenly stopped and collapsed, according to a witness. He later died at the hospital.
His family members were too shaken to talk about what happened.
A resident who lives near the field said she is stunned.
"It's sad because the child was 10,” Jackie Davis said. “He really hadn't got to live his life."
She has heard the team practices from time to time and said they seemed to be happy.
"All of sudden, something like this happens and you least expect it to happen," Davis said.
All of the men in her family played youth football.
She said it is a positive outlet for young men in the community.
"They don't have a center to go to or anything," she said.
After practice, the coach wrote in a Facebook post, “If your kids playing sports or anything, (get) them a physical."
A coach said members from 20 teams plan to meet at the practice field and honor Omari.
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