GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Greeneville Middle School student who was hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency earlier this week has died, according to a school official.
Greeneville City Schools Superintendent Steve Starnes confirmed Friday night that seventh-grader and football player Kaden Gunter passed away.
On Tuesday, Kaden experienced a medical emergency during football practice, according to school officials.
Family members told News Channel 11 on Wednesday that Kaden was in critical condition and being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
A vigil was held Wednesday at the school’s football field, where community members showed up to show their support for the then-hospitalized student.
Starnes issued a statement Friday night:
The Greeneville City Schools’ community is mourning the loss of one of our beloved Greeneville Middle School students today. Kaden Gunter, 7th grade student, was loved by his classmates, his teachers, his principals, and the entire GMS staff. Kaden was a member of the GMS Greene Devil Football Team. Numerous supports have been put into place for GMS students, faculty, and staff as they grieve this tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kaden’s family, friends, classmates, and the entire GMS staff. We also want to thank the community for their outpouring of support during this extremely difficult time.Steve Starnes, Greeneville City Schools
At the Volunteer High School football game, a moment of solidarity and silence was held for Kaden by the Volunteer and Greeneville teams.
A portion of the admission proceeds from that game will be donated to Kaden’s family.
Volunteer High School Athletic Director, Jeremy Bailey, said they wanted to do whatever was possible to help.
“Community is very important outside of the game of football,” Bailey said. “We want to be supporting everybody that we can and if we can show that on the field, we’re going to try and do that the best of our ability.”