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Football player dies 2 months after heat stroke

A town is in mourning Tuesday after a high school football player dies two months after suffering a heat stroke.
A town is in mourning Tuesday after a high school football player dies two months after suffering a heat stroke.

Junior Tyler Davenport collapsed during a Lamar High School football practice on August 11th. He's been in the hospital ever since.

Tami Haas is a family friend of Davenport. Her two sons were on the same football field at the time of the heat stroke.

"You have to live every day like it could be your last. You don't know," Haas said. "That could have been my kid out there. You know they all play football together. Why it had to happen to Tyler? We'll never know."

Haas and the rest of a tight-knit group of friends, most with kids who've played sports together for more than a decade, visited Davenport in the hospital often.

"It was a very tough place to be," said family friend Kyle Helms. "I've never been in that situation and especially with a young man and that made it even harder."

"TD 60" is now written on the Lamar High School football field, representing Davenport's nickname and number. But the Lamar School District Superintendent says Davenport is being remembered all over the small community, not just on the football field.

"Everybody you see knows everybody and you see it in people's eyes," said Superintendent Roy Hester, "you know, that they know you're hurting and therefore they're there for ya."

Haas says as far as she knows, funeral arrangements for Davenport have yet to be made. Hester says Davenport will be recognized at Lamar's football game on Friday, but at this point he's not sure how.
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