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Fuquay-Varina teen collapses, dies at convention

Ryan Aman, 18, died after collapsing at a Catholic youth retreat Saturday while playing a pick-up game of football.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — A Fuquay-Varina teenager collapsed and died at a youth convention in Greenville Saturday, according to an official with the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

Michael Hagarty, director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry with the diocese, said Ryan Aman, 18, had a pre-existing heart condition.

Aman, a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, had been attending the retreat with other high school students from the Diocese of Raleigh, which encompasses the eastern half of the state.

He collapsed during a break where he and some others were playing a pick-up game of football, an official said.

“I ask you to also join me in prayers for his family, especially his mother Angela, Ryan’s friends, the parish community of St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina and all those (affected) by his death,” Haggarty wrote in an e-mail to parishioners.

Further details were not immediately available.