WARREN HILLS, N.J. – Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray died after an injury during a football game last night. Witnesses say he walked off the field, fainted and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
“We seen’ em take him off and he put his thumbs up and we thought he was gonna be alright,” said a parent.
Evan Murray's death was confirmed in a statement by Gary R. Bowen, the interim superintendent of Warren Hills Regional Schools District.
"Last night we experienced a tragedy in the loss of student athlete Evan Murray following an injury during the Summit-Warren Hills football game," Bowen said. "Our school district, with the cooperation of many, is providing grief and crisis counseling beginning immediately today, Saturday, for as long as the need exists."
Parents and students returned to the school’s home stadium today to lay flowers and mourn. Senior Evan Murray was Warren Hills’ starting varsity quarterback for three years. He played baseball, basketball and at one time, soccer. He also stood out in the classroom, as an intelligent and funny classmate.
"You really can't believe it like that, you know that desk is gonna be empty,” said senior Crystal Gallow.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine what caused the teen's untimely death. The superintendent said grief counseling was offered to students today, and the school will be open for support again tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Several have expressed their condolences and thoughts on social media.
The New York Jets also took to social media to send condolences.
According to a page dedicated to collecting funds for Murray's funeral, he was bright kid who excelled in sports and academics. In addition to be varsity quarterback, he was a starting pitcher for the Streaks at Warren County High School.
Pictures provided by Leighvalleylive.com show Murray as a dynamic athlete.