State investigating death of Ga. football player

By: AP
By: AP

FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) -- State authorities in Georgia say they're investigating the death of a high school player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a preseason football game near Atlanta.

Medical Examiner's officials said 16-year-old De'Antre Turman fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night about 15 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Turman was a junior at a high school in Fairburn. Officials have said he died after what appeared to be a routine tackle.

Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin told CBS Atlanta (http://bit.ly/1dnmd1F) that the agency, among other things, will investigate what equipment Turman was wearing to determine if any policy changes might be necessary in the future.

A vigil was held Sunday night for the teen at a suburban Atlanta recreation center.


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