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Orange County mourns middle schooler who died after football practice

Posted August 26, 2016

— Grief counselors will be on hand Monday for the first day of school at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland. They'll be available to talk to students, teachers and staff struggling with the death Friday of Frederick Seymour, 13, a rising eighth grader.

Frederick was practicing Monday with the Gravelly Hill football team when he became short of breath. Those around him called 911 and tried to help him. On an ambulance en route to UNC Hospital, officials there say Frederick suffered additional complications.

He never left the hospital and died on Friday.

“He was well-liked by students and staff," said Gravelly Hill Middle School Principal Dr. Chris Gammon. “My heart goes out to his family, and as a school and community we are saddened by his passing."


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  • Marie Brandsdorfer Aug 27, 2016
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    Prayers to his family and their friends.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Amanda Jones Aug 27, 2016
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    With the weather alert in place for heat on this day and high schools cancelling practice, why were the kids at this middle school having practice? Too much is left out of this story...I suppose practice could have been moved indoors. I wish the 'sports phtsicals' were more thorough. It seems we lose more and more athletes each year to heart issues, heat issues, dehydration issues etc that could have been caught or prevented. Breaks my heart for this family.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 27, 2016
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    Such a tragedy and a waste of a young life. It's terrible to lose a family member, but one so young is exponentially worse. Are the schools/coaches pushing the kids too hard, i wonder? It's not always easy to understand, but I think having a great team is one thing, but having a good team that is enjoying the sport is much better. Smh

  • Kris Dawn Aug 27, 2016
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    So very young and he probably as so excited to be out there playing ball. So many kids now a days are passing away playing sports - thinking of his family during this time. I could not even imagine.