HEREFORD, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday for a Panhandle high school freshman athlete who died nine days after a flying discus hit him in the hip.
A statement issued Monday by the Hereford Independent School District says 15-year-old Hereford High freshman Joshua Ramirez died Sunday afternoon at Hereford Regional Medical Center.
“Hereford ISD is deeply saddened at this loss. We understand that Joshua was a great kid in and out of the classroom,” the statement read. “Staff and students alike are heart broken for the Ramirez family and our loss of a student and friend.”
According to the school district, Ramirez was stretching for an event in Plainview on March 8 when the discus hit him. A district athletic trainer advised him to treat it with ice and report any worsening.
“He never complained. He was that kind of kid,” family friend Saul Tarango told KAMR-TV.
Jesse Ramirez says his nephew went to the hospital for a follow-up exam March 10 and reported that his pain was worsening. He was admitted, placed under intensive care and died Sunday afternoon.
Ramirez tells the Amarillo Globe-News, “We’re not sure exactly what happened.”