15-year-old boy with no “health problems” collapses and dies during basketball trials: “he never woke up”


Carmyne Paschall Payton

The death of a 15-year-old Long Island student left the New York community in shock and grief after he collapsed and died during basketball trials on Thursday.

Carmyne Paschall Payton, a sophomore at Copiague High School, was running tricks when she suddenly fell and did not come back up, ABC 7 NY reported.

Speaking about the tragic incident, Carmyne’s mother Tiffany Wofford told ABC 7 she received an alarming call about her son and rushed to school. When she arrived, she watched rescuers try to resuscitate her son, but they were unsuccessful.

“He never woke up. He never woke up,” Wofford told ABC 7, choking back tears. She added that her son was so “excited” by the trials that basketball meant a lot to him.

Carmyne’s father, Arthur Payton, said NBC New York that his son had “no previous health issues,” sharing, “He made the first cut for the boys’ basketball team. It was day two of practice.”

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The Carmyne school community is also in mourning.

“Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School has experienced the death of a student who touched us deeply,” principal Joseph Agosta said in a letter to families by ABC 7.

“The faculty and staff of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School extend our condolences to the family and friends of this student and are committed to providing the support and guidance necessary to help them through this difficult time.”

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In addition to her parents, Carmyne is survived by her brother and three sisters, her mother said Fox 5 New York. “He was a great big brother, just a lovely kid. He helped me a lot with his siblings.”

Although his death was not considered suspicious, Suffolk County Police are investigating, Fox 5 reported.


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