RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – A freshman Virginia Union soccer player has died after collapsing during soccer practice over the weekend. He was 19.
The death of Quandarius Wilburn was announced by Division II University.
The 6-foot-2,230-pound defense end collapsed Sunday during a conditioning session, according to a letter the university president sent to students and staff on Monday.
The letter said Wilburn had been taken to the VCU Medical Center, where he later died, news agencies reported. The football team spent a whole day together – breakfast, church and lunch before training, the letter said.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for our campus community,” wrote Hakim Lucas, president and CEO of the university. “I would like to personally encourage each of you to keep Mr. Wilburn’s family and the VUU Athletics Department in your prayers. “
The school said it was ready to help families and students “come to terms with this devastating loss.”
Wilburn was from Wadley, Georgia. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in Louisville, Georgia that year.
The Panthers didn’t play football last fall and spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team opens its season on September 4th in Hampton.
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