Blunt force trauma cited in fatal football injury

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a high school football player who died after a scrimmage suffered blunt force head and neck trauma.

Betty Honey, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, says 16-year-old Deantre Turman fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a preseason scrimmage at Benjamin Banneker High School in south Fulton County Friday night.

Officials have said Turman, a student at Creekside High School in Fairburn, was injured during what appeared to be a routine tackle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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