William Shogran's parents say they not only lost a wonderful son, but lost their best friend

The father and stepmother of 14 year old William Shogran say they lost their best friend.

Shogran died after a Sebastian River High School football practice at a football camp outside of Jacksonville on Wednesday.

"William has a bigger heart than most people you will ever meet and loved to make people laugh. We, as his parents, feel that we did not just lose a wonderful son, but that we have also lost our best friend. His siblings and the rest of his family truly miss him," William and Courtney Shogran said in a statement they released late Thursday.

The fourteen year old was well liked by friends and family in the Sebastian area.

He was involved in the Sebastian Christian Church youth ministry and was excited about starting football.

"He was such a good little fella. Really good as can be. Everybody loved him," neighbor and friend Carson Spencer said.

It is not clear what caused the teenager to die, but a 911 call referred to "heat issues."

Authorities say he was breathing after the 911 call was made, but died at the hospital.

Assistant Superintendent of the Indian River County School District Bill Fritz says a preliminary investigation revealed that the coaches followed all state policies in regard to the heat.

He also says the coach was trained in first aid, CPR,and knew how to use an AED.

The teens neighbors question why the team was practicing in the heat.

"I don't think they should be training these boys right now, playing football in the 95 degree weather," Spencer said.

Spencer says the entire neighborhood is grieving.

"Everyone here is just so broken up over it. He was such a good boy," Spencer said.

William Shogran's father is a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper.

The Patrol released a statement Thursday that said: "Words cannot describe the loss of one's child. We ask everyone to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers."
 


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