Tragedy has struck yet another high school football community this fall.
In the last 10 days alone, a junior from New York died as the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit, a Texas middle schooler suffered a deadly allergic reaction to anti bites, a Montana senior was killed in a truck crash and a senior from Virginia was stabbed to death.
West, 17, was running laps in his football gear on the school's track when he collapsed, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana. When the LaPorte Fire Department arrived, West had no pulse. He was briefly revived by CPR and a defibrillator, but had trouble breathing and later died at nearby IU Health LaPorte Hospital, the reports said.
West was a 6-foot, 180-pound junior linebacker for the Slicers, who were scheduled to play the sixth game of their season on Friday night.
A pair of West's teammates paid tribute to their fallen friend on Twitter (h/t WNDU):
I love you Jake West. You will be missed unexplainably. You didn't deserve this. I've became real close to you and this just breaks my heart
— Brian McGuire (@BrianMcGuire_23) September 26, 2013
R.I.P jake west, I love you man, best teammate I could ask for at least you passed doing what you love with your football family ❤
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