MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Millington Central High School football player has died after he was hit during practice.
Family, friends, officials, and coaches gathered at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. From the superintendent down to fellow players, classmates and parents there are a lot of heavy hearts at LeBonheur where people have shown up in the hours after this 15 year-old player's sudden death on the football field.
Friends say the smile on 15-year-old Dana Payne's face in this photo perfectly illustrates who he was.
"He was a very outgoing person, kept everybody laughing, and just made everybody smile, and was very athletic," Payne's friend Aaliyah Threlkeld said.
Payne was rushed by ambulance to LeBonheur Children's Hospital early Tuesday evening after suffering an injury during football practice at Millington Central High School, where police remained hours after the incident.