Indian River County community grieving loss of teen football player

Teen suffered 'heat issues' at football camp

SEBASTIAN, Fla. - The Sebastian community was grieving Wednesday night as the Sharks football team returned to Sebastian River High School late in the evening.

The entire team and their families went inside the school, and then left the parking lot about twenty minutes later.

Grief counselors were there to help people cope with the loss of 14-year-old William Shogran.

Authorities say Shogran became ill at football camp with the team outside of Jacksonville.

They say he started getting sick following a practice.

According to the 911 call, Shogran was suffering from "heat issues" but was breathing and vomiting.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

"It is a heavy, heavy loss for everyone," Youth Pastor Jim Adams said.

Adams is the Youth Pastor at Sebastian Christian Church where Shogran spent much of the summer.

"We've got students who are going through the process of grieving and more than anything we are just finding joy in the memories of William," Adams said.

A spokesman with the Indian River County School District says it is doing everything it can to help students.

"When the students arrive back at the school we will have grief counselors who will be available for any student who needs them and we will be providing support for them all along the way," Assistant Superintendent Bill Fritz said.

According to the youth pastor, Shogran's parents remain in Northern Florida near where the tragedy happened.

William Shogran's father is a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol.
 

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