Pike County High School junior Dylan Thomas died last night, Sunday, September 30, 2018, from severe brain injuries sustained from a Friday night football game.
The varsity athlete was later transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Thomas was hit during the second quarter of the Friday game against Peach County High School, his uncle Nick Burgess said. Fellow Pike County player Jake Patterson told CNN affiliate WSB that he would honor his fallen teammate on the field. He was then transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his brain. He was "the one that was the golden child in the family and really brought the family together". "The one that had the biggest heart".
"I have never in my life seen this", she wrote. Dylan was an active participant in our school community and a member of the Class of 2020. He died around 8 p.m. Sunday, hours after the school held a prayer vigil for him on the football field.
They said that about a third of Pike County High School students did not attend school Monday.
After news of Thomas' death, friends, students and others in the community flooded social media with tributes to the high school student.
BREAKING: We've just received word from family that 16-year-Old Dylan Thomas has passed away.
A fundraiser for medical costs and lost income started by Burgess had raised more than $32,000 by Monday afternoon. "Please remember his family in the days ahead", the announcement said.
After Dylan was taken to the hospital, players and coaches from both teams united and knelt to pray for his recovery, Peach County High School posted on Facebook.