EFLAND, N.C. (WNCN) – An Orange County eighth grader died after suffering breathing problems during football practice earlier in the week.
Frederick Seymour was a rising eighth grader at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, officials said.
Seymour was taken to the hospital after suffering breathing issues during Monday’s practice.
School district spokesman says en route to the hospital, Seymour suffered some health complications.
“He was funny. Always playing around. He was nice, seemed like a good friend,” said classmate Savannah Clay.
Grief counselors were available Friday for the staff.
The first day of school is next week, the counselors will be available then as well.
The school of around 500 students had orientation Friday where families were just hearing about Seymour’s passing.
“It’s definitely felt throughout the community because it is a small community. And, they do come together in times of tragedy,” said Stacey Clay.
The Seymours attended church at Beyond Measure Ministries in Haw River.
Pastor Shannon Long had been with the family at the hospital throughout the week.
“Fred comes here, very uplifting. Always very humble young man. Thirteen years of age. Every time I’ve seen him he’s always been humble,” Long said.
Long said Seymour was active in the church’s impact youth program.
“And I recall his mother saying that she just didn’t know so many people knew Fred. But, the faith has really been shown,” Long said.
Members of the church will be working over the course of the weekend to help out the family. And on Sunday during services they’ll be offering prayers for the Seymours.
A GoFundMe page has been establish to assist Seymour’s family.
The high temperature in Orange County Monday was in the mid-80s.