Atlanta-area H.S. Player Fatally Hurt in Scrimmage

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ATLANTA (11Alive) -- A Creekside High School football player has died from injuries sustained during a scrimmage at Banneker High school Friday night.

DeAntre Turman, 16, was taken to Grady hospital after being injured during the game, and was pronounced dead overnight.  

Saturday evening, a Fulton County medical examiner ruled the cause of death was from a fracture of the third cervical vertebrae.

The 5-foot-11, 164-pound junior was a cornerback for the Seminoles and was just named the Top Defensive Back at MVP Camp in June.

According to, he had a scholarship off to play football at the University of Kentucky.  

The Georgia High School Association released a statement via their Facebook page.

"Any kind of death of an adolescent, it's a tragedy," said Dr. Ralph Swearngin, GHSA Executive Director. "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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