William Shogran: Parents remember Sebastian teen who died at football practice

William Shogran's parents say they are holding onto the memories of their son who loved family, God, and his video games.

"He was the kind of kid who would get up when he was a teenager to give me a hug before I left work," Shogran's father said.

Shogran died at football camp near Jacksonville on Wednesday.

He was practicing with the Sebastian River High School Sharks when he became ill and was rushed to the hospital before passing away.

The cause of death is not known, but the 911 caller said the illness appeared to be heat related.

Shogran's parents say the 14-year-old was homeschooled and was playing football to get PE credit.

"It was something we tried to get him into and out of all the sports he decided he wanted to do football. We said okay and we warned him it was physically challenging," Shogran's father said.

William Shogran says his son started to love the game.

"If it turns out to be heat stroke, I want people to be careful. In my head I always thought it was something you went through in stages and that it was very obvious. I want people to understand how quickly it can happen," Courtney Shogran said.

The Shograns say the support of the Sebastian community has been overwhelming.

They are remembering the good times with their son taken so suddenly.

"I can tell you William wasn't afraid to say 'I love you Dad.' He wanted us to know. He would tell me all the time. And the biggest thing I would tell him is that I was proud of him as a person," Shogran's father said.

Shogran's funeral will be Tuesday at 4 p-m at the Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center.

A scholarship has been set up in William Shogran's name at the Sebastian Christian Church.


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