CEMENT, Okla. – Tragedy strikes a small town high school.
A high school basketball player in Cement died during a game Tuesday night.
School officials say a 9th grader, 15-year-old Seth Martin, collapsed and later died from an undisclosed medical problem.
“Everybody loved Seth,” said family friend Joyce Page. “He was kind, gentle, loving and caring. Really it’s just mind-boggling what happened.”
The superintendent of Cement Public Schools, home of the “Fighting Bulldogs” says Martin asked to be taken out of the basketball game against Union City.
“He sat down and then stood up and he collapsed,” said superintendent Danny Pittman.
First responders at the school tried to save Martin’s life.
Unfortunately, the teen died after being rushed to the hospital.
“Most people believed he would be okay. We were worried about him, but we believed her would be okay,” said Pittman.
Martin’s Facebook page has been flooded with messages of sadness, shock and disbelief.
Those who knew the teen describe a young man everyone in Cement will remember with fondness.
“We’re a small school,” said Pittman. “Everyone knows him and his family. He was a great kid.”
“It’s not fair,” said Page. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the kids. It’s not for anybody. It’s not fair.”
Exact details aren’t being released, but doctors told the school staff the teen died after having a sporadic heartbeat.
Officials canceled Tuesday night’s basketball game.
Cement announced they will play basketball games Thursday night against Indiahoma.
Players will be wearing wristbands with Martin’s number on them and fans will be wearing all black as part of a “blackout” in his memory.
Martin’s funeral is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cement Auditorium.