9-Year-Old Youth Football Player Dies After Collapsing During Practice

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 3, 2015

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A nine-year-old boy died Monday night after collapsing during a Big Bend Youth Football League practice in Meigs County, Ohio.

WSAZ.com reported the news, indicating Wyatt Barber, a third-grader at Eastern Elementary, fell to the ground unconscious and allegedly was not breathing after his team took a break from running sprints.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood provided the information on Barber, whose cause of death has yet to be revealed. Scott Gheen, superintendent of the Eastern Local School District, released a statement following Monday's tragedy, per WSAZ's report:

The staff, students, and community of Eastern Local would like to express our sincere condolences to the family during this very unfortunate time. The school has put in place grief counseling services to assist the students and staff in need. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Emergency medical service personnel were alerted of Barber's situation at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time Monday and found coaches attempting CPR on-site. They transported him to Meigs Emergency Room, where he died.   

Monday evening's practice was a walkthrough without any contact and was held at Eastern High School.   

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