Creekside junior dies after scrimmage

Tragedy struck Creekside High's football program on Friday when junior free safety DeAntre Turman died as a result from an injury suffered in the Seminoles' preseason scrimmage at Banneker.

According to Atlanta media reports, Turman, 16, was hurt while making a tackle.

Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County medical examiner's office, said Turman was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta at just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.

L i s t e d at 5 - fo ot - 10, 155-pounds, Turman had attended several recruiting combines and was scheduled to play in the RisingSeniors. com all-star football game in December, featuring 90 of the state's top junior players.

According to severa l recruiting websites including 247Sports, Turman received a scholarship offer from Kentucky in June.. Creekside, led by first-year head coach Olten Downs, who arrived from Riverdale, is scheduled to open the 2013 season on Friday against Fairburn rival Langston Hughes.

He was among a string of outstanding prospects at defensive backs to attend the school led by Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowler Eric Berry. Others that have gone to Division I schools have included Auburn safety Josh Holsey and teammate Evan Berry.

Turman played in last year's Region 4B-AAAAA 20-16 victory at Northgate. The Seminoles finished 7-4, losing to Thomas County Central in double overtime in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Fulton County schools spokeswoman Samantha Evans told The Atlanta Journal- Constitution that the district's hearts and prayers go out to Turman's family. She said Turman's death was 'truly a horrific way to begin a school year.'

In a statement, Georgia HIgh School Association Executive Director Dr. Ralph Swearngin commented: 'Any kind of death of an adolescent, it's a tragedy. You think about the loss to the family and a young life being cut off whether it's an athletic event or car accident or natural causes. As a father and grandfather, it strikes you personally.'

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