The Saranac community hosted a vigil Friday night to remember and mourn Skylar Lasby, a 12-year-old football player who collapsed at practice and later died.
The vigil was at 9 p.m. at the Saranac football stadium.
"We have been crying every day," said his father Scott. "Just so shocked this has turned into such a big thing. It has been beyond belief, all of the support."
Skylar had just started 7th grade. He collapsed Wednesday during a non-contact football drill. He was airlifted to Helen Devos Children's Hospital where he later died.
Saranac Community Schools have made counselors available for students and staff to process the news. On Thursday night, the Saranac varsity football team played their first game of the season against Beal City.
There was a moment of silence before the game and the players wore #2 stickers on their helmets in honor of Skyler's jersey number.
- Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.
- Saranac High School Auditorium
- Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saranac Community Church.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with expenses. So far, it has surpassed the $5,000 goal with more than $11,000 being raised.
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