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Update: Family remembers 15-year-old boy who dies while playing basketball at Carver HS

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Funeral arrangements have been set for the 15 year old Carver High School student who died playing basketball Saturday. His funeral will take place Saturday September 14th at 1:30pm in Carver High School's gym. 

Antwon Whitehead's grandmother, Valencia Hill, said the preliminary results of Whitehead's autopsy conclude that he died of an enlarged heart. Hill said the complete autopsy results will not be available until later. 

The family came together Sunday afternoon to remember his life. The family is heartbroken over the unexpected loss of Antwon Whitehead.

Tears came to his father and grandmother's eyes when they spoke about the Sophomore basketball player. They remember him as an obedient son, outstanding athlete, and a smart young man. Earlier Sunday, his father walked News Three's Naomi Keitt through the moments leading up to Antwon's untimely death.

"You could not have asked for a better kid, as far as manners, obedience," said his grandmother Valencia Hill.

Edward Johnson dropped his son off Saturday afternoon at Carver High school's gym for a regular weekend practice with his friends. He then went back home to get ready for work.

"I got a call saying he passed out so really I panicked, told my other son we have to go something is wrong with Twon. As I'm going to the school I'm thinking it's something minor not something as serious as it was," said Johnson.

Unfortunately, it was serious.  He was unresponsive when first responders arrived and was transferred to the hospital. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirms Antwon Whitehead was pronounced dead around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Johnson said there is a history of enlarged hearts in the family. Antwon's maternal grandmother died of a heart attack just a few years ago. Antwon's paternal grandmother hopes that his death will bring about more thorough physical examinations for student athletes.

"We most certainly had no idea that he had any issues with his heart and maybe through one of his physicals if it was a little more comprehensive we might've known something. It would've given us a clue or indication," said Hill.

The family remembers the sophomore as a smart boy with a bright future. His father remembers family vacations, and talking about girls around the house. His grandmother said he was gifted academically and he had a bright future in basketball and academics.

"It's a huge loss for our family. He will be missed. We love him so much," said Hill.

The family said Antwon had been playing basketball since the 7th grade. He participated in many other sports like football and track but his dream was to play basketball for Duke University.

 

 

 

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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