The Rankin County teen who passed away during a football practice has been identified as 17-year-old Phillip Laster Jr.
Laster, a student at Brandon High School, was at practice on Monday when he passed.
According to Rankin County Coroner David Ruth, the teen’s body is being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to find the cause of death.
The Rankin County School District released the following statement regarding Laster’s passing:
“We are saddened and heartbroken by the sudden loss of Brandon High School student-athlete, Phillip Laster. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” said Dr. Scott Rimes, Superintendent of Education. “In the days to come, RCSD will offer support to the family, Brandon High School team members, coaches, classmates, teachers, and administrators as we all grieve the loss of Phillip.”