Last Updated on October 11, 2023, 7:22 am
A high school football player from Windsor passed away after losing consciousness during football practice.
Elijah-Jay Mariano-Rivera, a 15-year-old Windsor High School student-athlete, died after losing consciousness during football practice on Tuesday afternoon in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Terrell Hill informed the parents of Rivera’s death and said the emergency personnel at the practices treated Rivera. He said Rivera was not engaging in contact football drills or tackling before losing consciousness.
The emergency services were called to the scene. Windsor Police and EMTs responded swiftly. EMTs attempted to revive him with an application of CPR. He was transferred to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for treatment, along with his parents. The teen died at the hospital, according to Hill.
Rivera was a junior at Windsor High School. He was only 15 years old. The School district will provide counseling services through crisis teams to students and Windsor
High School and Sage Park staff.
Hill also offered condolences to the family on behalf of the School and said,
“As a Community, we want to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and support them moving forward however we can.”
Superintendent Terrell Hill’s letter to the parents
The complete letter is as follows,
Dear WPS families,
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am sending this communication to our WPS community. One of our students, Elijah-Jay Mariano Rivera, this afternoon during football practice lost consciousness. He was not engaged in any football drills or tackling. EMTs and Windsor PD arrived on the scene and began to provide CPR. He was eventually transported to the Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, along with his parents. Sadly, the medical professionals were unable to revive him. Our crisis teams will be available for students and staff at Windsor High and Sage Park. As a community, we want to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and support them moving forward however we can.”
A vigil was held at the football ground.
A vigil was held at the football ground for Rivera. Fellow students and staff lighted candles on the ground in the shape of a heart around the number 65, which the late athlete wore. His death has left the community shocked and family and friends mourning. Fellow students grieve the loss of their schoolmates and friends.
We express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends. May they find comfort in their time of grief.
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