February 29, 2024

A Georgia highschool soccer participant was discovered lifeless in the future earlier than his group performed within the state championship, district officers mentioned Sunday night time.

Meriwether County Faculty System officers confirmed the demise of 17-year-old Brandon Smith of Manchester Excessive Faculty in a letter to folks. Smith was set to be together with his group to arrange for the Georgia 1-A State Soccer Championship.

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Manchester Excessive Faculty was set to play within the state title sport. (Fox Information)

“We’re heartbroken to listen to the information of the tragic and premature demise of one in every of our student-athletes, Brandon Smith,” a letter from Meriwether colleges Superintendent Robert Griffin and Manchester Excessive Faculty Principal Suzie Neal reads, per the Atlanta Journal-Structure.

“Manchester Excessive Faculty’s celebration of taking part in for the Georgia Class A Division II State Championship has sadly changed into one thing none of us may have fathomed.”

Smith was remembered as a “loyal teammate and good friend.” The varsity mentioned “he can be deeply missed.”

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The reason for Smith’s demise was not introduced. Based on 11 Alive, his physique was discovered earlier Sunday night. Manchester authorities have been investigating his demise and reportedly requested the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“We proceed to wish for Brandon’s household, mates, teammates, and classmates. Manchester Excessive Faculty could have psychological well being help obtainable beginning on Monday morning,” the letter provides.

Brandon Smith was recognized as the teenager who was discovered lifeless. (Fox Information)

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Manchester was set to tackle Bowdon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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