Reports have emerged from Indianapolis that a 15-year-old student identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as R’Mon Rowley (aka R’Mon Robinson) suddenly died due to cardiac arrest during football practice at Lawrence North High School on Monday.
A statement released on Twitter by the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence announced the news on Tuesday:
“LT & @LNHSwildcats are saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of a 15-year-old student this evening. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, teachers, and classmates. We stand prepared to support students and staff in this time of sadness and grief,”
According to FOX59 emergency services and local police attended the school after reports of a cardiac arrest, however no further details are available.
R’Mon who was described as ‘a bright, loving and funny 15-year-old,’ was an aspiring Zoologist and part of the schools ‘Big Brother’ program.
Details shared on a Gofundme page set up by Tamica Russ and R’Mon’s mother Arian Stokes to help fund funeral costs, confirmed R’Mon had no previous health conditions prior to the cardiac arrest:
“He was very respectful and kind and loved by all that knew him. Never complained and was always willing to help.’
“He was excited about the opportunity to play high school football.”
“R’Mon was healthy with no previous health condition with his whole life ahead of him. And this was totally unexpected.”
Following the 15-year-olds death, a man by the name of Lenzy Donnerson; who identifies as R’mon’s uncle; raised serious concerns on his Facebook page.
In his post Donnerson pleaded for anyone with information who was present at the practice to come forward, claiming that he was aware that the school’s football coach had sent R’Mon back into practice when he couldn’t breathe and while he was coughing.
“Once he stood up, he passed out, no one assisted him, and he died due to a lack of oxygen and his heart stopped. There was no CPR performed which is very hard to understand why not..”
Donnerson made further claims which he posted in the comments section:
“It has been made known to me that the coaches at Lawrence High School are now pressuring the students on the football team not to speak out, and as a repercussion for those brave enough to speak on anything seen as injustice, they will be stripped of their football privileges.”
As the family attempts to work through the grief caused by R’Mon’s unexpected and tragic passing, they told news outlet CBS4 that they want answers surrounding the events prior to his collapse.
R’Mon’s aunt Tjha Robinson said:
“How could this happen to a young teenage boy? We sat for hours trying to understand what the heck was going on.”
“It just seems so unfair for him to be taken away so quickly and I feel like it could have been avoided,” Robinson added.
Many have remembered R’Mon as someone who left a significant impact on the school community. Among the many tributes, classmate Ernesto Vazquez said:
“It was very heartbreaking to me when I found out about the news. He was a good kid, you know, he was funny, energetic.”
Classmate Rafael Nava said:
“It was traumatizing to me. I just – he was a great kid. A great friend too. It was just sad.”