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Jamond Salley of Chase City (#55), shown with teammates for the Park View Dragons. / October 18, 2014
A football player for Park View High School in South Hill died Friday night after sustaining an injury in the first half of the Dragons’ game with Brunswick County in Lawrenceville. The student, Jamond Salley of Chase City, was able to walk off the field after taking a hit late in the first half, but his condition worsened soon thereafter.

He was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, about 18 miles from Lawrenceville, and pronounced dead a short time later. He had complained of a headache after taking the blow, a suspected head injury.

After the teams learned what had happened, the game was stopped with only a few minutes left to play in the fourth quarter with Brunswick leading 26-0. Players for both Park View and Brunswick joined together on the field for prayer.

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts released a statement Saturday morning that noted, "Around 8:10 PM, a Parkview football player was on the sideline getting medical attention. The [player's medical condition] deteriorated and he became unconscious and started having seizures. Rescue personnel and other medical providers started doing CPR and he was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill. Once at the hospital, the juvenile was soon thereafter pronounced dead."

According to a spectator at the game, a medflight helicopter was brought in to rush Salley to a Richmond hospital, but efforts to stabilize the injured player proved fruitless. Rescue personnel tended to Salley during halftime at a field next to the stadium where the helicopter had landed, but it flew off without him on board.

Salley, a junior, was a starter for Park View on defense and is listed as 5-10", 203 pounds on the team roster. He had been a solid contributor in the Dragons' 36-20 win over Franklin City on Oct. 1, with nine tackles.

The Park View Dragons Football Facebook page posted the following:

"Sending much prayers to #55 Salley and his Family tonight, also prayers for PVSH Football Coaches, teammates and classmates as we have lost a great young man tonight doing what he loves best. May you R.I.P #55"

Dr. James Thornton, Division Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools, on Saturday released this statement:

"As Mecklenburg County Public Schools faces the tragedy of the loss of Park View High School junior, Jamond Salley, we ask that the community join together to help support one another. Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete. Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.

"At this time of loss, we as a community of schools will come together to help our fellow teammates at Park View High School. Our division will have grief counselors on hand at Park View High School during the week as we grieve for the loss of our friend, Jamond."

Salley's mother, Ernestine Parrish, lives a short distance outside of Chase City. The family's pastor, the Rev. Andy Hargrove of Williams Grove Baptist Church, called Jamond "a positive role model for our youth" and added, "He carried himself like someone in life who was looking for something worthwhile.

"He was a very quiet, mannered young man," said Hargrove, a member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors. "He was one that, when he came to church, when you spoke to him, he was like, 'Yes sir' and 'no ma'am."

Jamond also stood out as a youth usher at the church. "He sat you down and if you needed a fan, he'd bring you a fan," said Hargrove. "If you needed water, he'd bring you water. He was just an outstanding usher."

He had been scheduled to be the speaker for the church's youth service this Sunday, Oct. 19.

This story will be updated.

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