BROCTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Four days after being hurt during a high school football game, 16-year-old Damon Janes succumbed to his injuries.
Janes attended Brocton Central High School, and on Friday, the teen was injured in a helmet-to-helmet hit with another player during a game at Portville. Janes lost consciousness and was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital, where he remained in intensive care until passing away from his injuries on Monday.
In a statement from the hospital, Janes' parents expressed gratitude for the strong support they have received. Friends and family led a call for prayer using the hashtag "#PrayForDamon" on Twitter.
Many in the community were heartbroken to hear of Janes' injury and death. His peers wore green to school on Monday, and ribbons of green, white and blue sent from nearby Westfield schools were tied to trees throughout the area.
Jason Donovan said, "He put all of his might into everything, and I'm very sorry to hear what happened."
The family continues to request privacy as they deal with this devastating loss. Grief counselors have been made available for Janes' peers.
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