High school football player dies after sustaining head injury, family say

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD/Gray News) – A Texas high school student has died after sustaining a serious head injury during a junior college football game.

Sophomore Yahir Cancino was injured in Thursday’s game when the Dalhart Golden Wolves faced the Sundown Roughnecks, KCBD reports.

Officials said the Dalhart High School student lost consciousness during the game. When medical staff were unable to resuscitate him, he was airlifted to hospital and placed in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Yahir’s family opened a GoFundMe account, asking for prayer help and donations.

“I believe in the power of prayers. I believe in miracles. We continue to ask for your prayers. Thank you all for those who prayed for us,” the organizer wrote.

On Saturday, Yahir’s mother shared on social media that her son had succumbed to his injuries.

“We ask for prayers for peace and healing not just for us but for everyone Yahir has touched in his life,” Yahir’s mother wrote in the post. “We chose to donate his organs because Yahir always wanted to help people and we want to honor his memory.”

After Thursday’s match, Sundown expressed their support for Yahir and his family.

“Dalhart JV football player Yahir Cancino was sent to hospital during the game and needs prayers, love and support. The Sundown community is lifting up our neighbors in Dalhart at this time,” said said the social media post.

Friday’s game between the two schools has also been cancelled.

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