CLAY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- UPDATE 9/17/19 @ 5:30 p.m.
Schools across West Virginia sported maroon Tuesday in honor of Roane County High School football player Alex Miller, who died on the field during a football game Friday night.
Miller passed away late Friday night after collapsing during a football game at Clay County High School. He was 17-years-old
Schools in North Central West Virginia even participated in 'Maroon Out.'
East Fairmont High School posted on Facebook a picture of their students with the caption, "We are all Raiders today."
Bridgeport High School honor Miller with a sign in front of the school saying, "We play as one. Alex Miller #80."
North Marion High School got a picture of students on their football field in maroon and forming Millers numbers.
Schools in Upshur County paid tribute to Miller and Roane County on their Facebook with their students in maroon.
Students at South Harrison High School sported their maroon with a banner that said, "We support Roane County" on their Facebook.
Ritchie County High School posted on their Facebook Sunday asking students to wear maroon for Miller.
UPDATE 9/14/19 5:00 PM
Governor Justice and Senator Manchin released statements in regards to the death of senior, football player Alex Miller.
"Today, our hearts are absolutely broken by the tragic loss of Roane County High School football player Alex Miller. Cathy and I are praying — with everything in us — for Alex’s family, friends, and the entire Roane County community during this unimaginably difficult time.
I’d also like to offer our support for anything that can be done to help those touched by this terrible tragedy during this time of mourning. This young man was taken from us far too soon. Today, all West Virginians grieve alongside the Roane County community," said Governor Justice.
"Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Alex Miller last night. It is difficult to hear of someone so young and talented leaving us too soon. Roane County High School students, teachers and community are in our thoughts and prayers, and my staff and I stand ready to support the family and community as they mourn this tragic loss," said Senator Joe Manchin.
UPDATE 9/14/19 12:30 PM
The Roane County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Richard Duncan, sent a press release that reads as follows:
Roane County High School senior Alex Miller passed away late Friday night after collapsing during a football game at Clay County High School.
Miller was immediately given emergency medical attention and transported to a local hospital, but these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.
The game was initially suspended until Saturday evening, but as of Saturday morning the game was suspended indefinitely pending a future decision on its resumption.
Roane County High School administration and counselors have received offers of support and assistance from colleagues across the region, and are now focused on supporting their students, staff, and community through this difficult time.
The school will be made available for students, staff, and community members to meet and speak with counselors and local pastors on Saturday afternoon, and further support will be provided in the coming days and weeks.
ORIGINAL STORY 9/14/19 12:00 PM
Officials from Roane County High School say a football player died Friday night after collapsing on the field.
On the school's Facebook page they released this statement.
"The Roane County community suffered a tragic loss last night with the passing of Alex Miller. Roane County High School will open its doors at noon today for the students to be with one another during this difficult time. Counselors, local pastors, teachers, parents and friends will be available as our community continues to grieve."
According to the Roane County High School football roster, Miller was a senior. He played wide receiver and was a strong safety.
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