Central Catholic football player dies
Kyle Wilson (23, right), a Central Catholic football player, died overnight after suffering a stroke while watching a game last Thursday.
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Kyle Wilson, the Central Catholic High School football player who suffered an apparent stroke last Thursday while watching a game, died overnight in Children's Hospital.
Kyle, 17, a junior and a starting halfback at Central Catholic, collapsed Thursday night while watching the McKeesport at Gateway game. He was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, but released later that night.
Kyle was taken to Children's Hospital by his parents the following morning. Central Catholic's coaches said Kyle underwent surgery Friday night.
Central Catholic yesterday said it will take part in the WPIAL playoffs this weekend. The Vikings are scheduled to play Penn-Trafford in the first round Friday at Fox Chapel.
"The Central Catholic football team has decided to honor Kyle by participating in the playoffs, albeit with heavy hearts," the statement released by Kyle's family said. "We are confident that Kyle would want us to continue on."
The school issued the following statement this morning:
"The Central Catholic school community is saddened by the death of Kyle Wilson. We join together in praying that Kyle be in God's presence always and for the comfort of his family and friends. It is important that we be united in support of each other during these days. Our counselors are available today to assist students in any way. A memorial Mass for Kyle is being planned for our students and faculty."
On campus today, Kyle's friends and fellow students struggled to deal with his death.
"Walking around the hallways, it was silent," sophomore Brian Horner said after school. "That never happens at Central. They left the chapel open all day and it was packed -- people praying for him and his family."
First Published October 28, 2008 7:29 am