14-Year-Old Dies Suddenly during High School Basketball Game

A 14-year-old girl has tragically collapsed and died suddenly on the court during a high school basketball game, according to reports.

The Momence High School community is in mourning following the shocking sudden death of a ninth-grade student Amari Crite.

The young teen died during a junior varsity basketball game on Thursday evening.

She tragically passed away after collapsing unexpectedly on the court.

According to the Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, Amari was playing defense when she suddenly collapsed.

Reports suggest that Amari had not been injured during the game and was not known to have been suffering from any illnesses.

The cause of her death is still unknown and no further details have been made public.

However, the child’s alarming death is currently under investigation by the Kankakee County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner stated that the cause of death is pending further study.

School officials are now offering counseling for students and parents who witnessed the young girl’s sudden death.

Superintendent Shannon Anderson released a statement expressing the profound sorrow felt throughout the school district.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the heartbreaking news of the passing of one of our 9th-grade students on January 25, 2024,” the statement reads.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends affected by this tragic loss.

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“At this time, we are prioritizing the well-being of our students, staff, and the broader school community.

“Mental health and counseling support will be available in all buildings on January 26 and as needed in the coming days and weeks to assist those who may be grappling with the emotional impact of this tragedy.

“We are deeply thankful to neighboring Districts and the mental health and grief counseling providers in the Kankakee County area that have volunteered their services to assist our community during this time.

“We understand the interest from the media in covering this story, and we appreciate your sensitivity in approaching this matter.

“However, we kindly request for the privacy and grieving process of the family and the school community during this difficult time.

“Our primary focus right now is on supporting one another and providing the necessary resources for our community to cope with this loss.

“We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.”

In response to the tragedy, Amari Crite’s family has established a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral expenses.

Michelle Crite, the organizer, and a family member shared a heartfelt message:

“Our precious baby girl passed away last night January 25 when she collapsed at her basketball game.

“We are asking for any and everyone to help us give her the proper homegoing she deserves.”

The Momence Junior Redskins Association (MJRA) also paid tribute to Amari:

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of the Crite Family as they cope with the loss of a daughter, sister, & friend.

“We ask that you all keep the family in your thoughts & prayers.”

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office joined in offering condolences, stating:

“The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office stands with the Momence School District during this difficult time.

“Friends, family, and classmates are all in our prayers.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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