Teammates, community honor fallen player

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Published on Sep 17, 2013

A day after students and community members gathered at New York's Westfield/Brocton High School in a show of support for football player Damon Janes, the 16-year-old running back succumbed to his injuries.

The high school football player died in a hospital Monday as a result of a hard hit he received during a Friday night game. According to local reports, Janes lost consciousness after a helmet-to-helmet collision during the third quarter.

The game against Portville was called off after the teen collapsed on the field.

Janes was taken to a local hospital and later transported to the Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where he was listed in critical condition. In a joint statement, the hospital and his parents announced Janes' passing and expressed their gratitude "to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family."

School officials also released a statement on the district's website:
Our school and community is devastated by the football tragedy that occurred at the game last Friday night and we are grieving his loss. Damon was a unique, artistic, smart, athletic and friendly young man. Currently we are reaching out to support his family and friends and ask for time to mourn Damon's passing. Our strength, love and faith will pull us together to get us through this difficult time.

Published on Sep 20, 2013

Teammates, community honor fallen player

Four days after being hurt during a high school football game, 16-year-old Damon Janes succumbed to his injuries.

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Miranda Taylor

October 6, 2013 - 11:15pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Damon Janes as well as to his teammates. My son plays football and I know that there is a risk of injury every time he takes the field, but it's difficult to imagine something like this happening. I hope that with companies like Riddell constantly working to improve protective gear and helmets for players, tragedies like this may at some point be prevented. Rest in peace Damon.