Tyler Davenport dies from heat-related illness

    5:43 PM, Oct 12, 2010   |    comments
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    The city of Lamar stunned after learning one its high school football players was prounounced dead early Tuesday at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

    "His system started to deteriorate from the accelerated heat and exposure to the heat," says Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper.

    According to teammates, Tyler Davenport had just finished running under the August heat and collapsed suddenly.

    He was immediately taken to the hospital where he'd been for the past two months.

    Davenport's teamcate remembers two months ago yesterday when the 11th grader collapsed during a routine two-a-day practice, and says it's almost like losing a brother.

    "He was like family I had his back and he had mine," says teammate and friend Tommy Haas.

    The school district issued this statement saying:

    "We are deeply saddened, as a school family and as a community."

    Facebook pages set up in Davenport's honor-- covered with condolences even from people who had never met the teen, but had heard all good things about him.

    Kyle Helms, however, did know the teen-- in fact, coached him since he was a child and described him as hard worker and someone who loved the game.

    "Tyler had a lot of friends and was well liked. Coaches, teachers; friends and it won't be easy for anybody to pick up and move forward," says Helms.

    While Davenport is gone, family and friends say he's with them in spirit.

    "He was with us in the hospital and he'll still be with us supporting us in Heaven now."

    According to Facebook, there will be a bon fire this evening at the home of Julie Moore (Hwy 64 between Acme Brick and the airport) beginning at 6 p.m. This is community wide and the surrounding schools will be in attendance as well.  


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