Students, teachers, and staff at a Lexington high school are mourning the sudden unexplained death of a student athlete. 15-year-old Star Ifeacho died shortly after coming off the basketball court at Dunbar High School Wednesday.
Basketball Coach Scott Chalk says Ifeacho had complained of being light-headed and was in the training room with the trainer when the medical issue occurred. The coach praised the trainer and other students for administering immediate care.
In addition to team members, Chalk says the sophomore was well-liked by students not associated with sports. “A lot of times when people pass, people say this about him, but he was extremely well liked around school. He touched so many different groups of people because he was just a really upbeat, personable, smiley kind of person that people really responded to,” said Chalk
School psychologist Mackenzie Leachman says many students have been meeting with grief counselors. A therapy dog was brought to the school.
Leachman says some students just want to do something. “They want to help. They want to sing. They want to write a letter to the family and tell them how sorry they are. Helping students to be able to express themselves and guide them in how they can do that and can make lists of thoughts and actions that they would like to take, is very healthy,” explained Leachman.
A vigil remembering Ifeacho is planned Monday night at the school.