Isaiah Langston, a junior at Rolesville High who collapsed Friday night before a football game against Southeast Raleigh, died Monday.
The team was involved in pregame warmups when Langston, a linebacker, collapsed.
Wake County Schools announced on Twitter, “The loss of one of our students affects all of us. Our thoughts are with Isaiah’s family as we extend our deepest sympathy to them.”
WTVD reported Monday that Langston’s family had confirmed that he had died.
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Langston is among four Wake County students who died in the past week.
Braden Rock, a student at Heritage, was killed in a traffic collision Monday morning. Laura Yost of Panther Creek died last Tuesday from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Keith Jones of Wendell Middle School was killed Tuesday while standing at a bus stop.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the Wake County students who passed away this week,” Wake superintendent Jim Merrill said in a statement. “It is tragic under any circumstances when family and friends lose a child. It is hard to comprehend the losses of the past week. Students, please be safe and know that we care deeply about all of you.”
Rolesville football coach Jermaine Evans said all that he knew was that Langston collapsed during pregame warmups and was taken to the hospital.
Rolesville principal Ericka Lucas, Rolesville athletic director Tommy Moore, Wake County athletic director Deran Coe and Wake County Schools spokesperson Lisa Luten said they would not comment in accordance to the family’s wishes.
Langston, along with all other athletes at N.C. High School Athletic Association schools, was required to have a physical examination before beginning practice.
The physical includes a brief family history, blood pressure and pulse readings and other basic information.
According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, nine high school football players died during the 2013 season from indirect causes, deaths that were not directly related to football actions.
Eight of the deaths were heart-related.
Eight other players died from direct injuries, six from brain-related injuries and two from cervical injuries.
Rolesville students were encouraged to wear red clothing to the school Monday in support of Langston and the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized a group prayer at the school on Monday morning.
Rolesville, a Wake County public school, opened in fall 2013 with freshmen and sophomores.
The Rams are fielding their first varsity football team this season. The school fielded varsity teams in all sports except football last year. The football team played a junior varsity schedule in 2013.