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High school football player dies after breaking neck in game

A high school football player in Mississippi died after he broke two vertebrae in his neck.

Jeremiah Williams was injured when he tried to make a tackle during a game on Nov. 2, WJTV reported.

Williams, who played defensive back, broke the C1 and C4 vertebrae, WJTV reported.

Friends still can’t believe what happened. 

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“When he got hit and went down I just thought he was automatically going to get back up,” classmate Erick Simmons told WJTV. “Because of the type of player he is. He’s just so tough.” 

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Williams was rushed to an area hospital, but almost a week after his injuries, he was taken off a ventilator and died Friday, WAPT reported.

Sunday, the community came out to hold a candlelight vigil in Williams’ memory on the same football field where he was hurt.

To help pay for the week-long treatment, a GoFundMe account has been set up, WAPT reported.

Organizers wanted to raise $10,000 but nearly $49,000 has been donated over seven days.

“We know his family is going to have a mountain of medical bills,” Errick Simmons, Greenville’s Mayor, told WJTV. “He was on the ventilator for a week and he was in ICU.”

The mayor also declared Thursday Jeremiah Williams Day. Three of the town’s McDonald’s restaurants will donate 20% of the sales that day to the family to help pay medical bills, WJTV reported.

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