July 12, 2024

High school football player found dead hours before his team are due to play in state championship game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A high school football player has been found dead a day before his team was due to play in a state championship game at the Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The player has been named by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution as Manchester High School sophomore Brandon Smith, citing a letter from Meriwether Schools.

Brandon Smith (pictured) has died just hours before he was due to take the field in Atlanta

‘We are heartbroken to hear the news of the tragic and untimely death of one of our student-athletes, Brandon Smith,’ the letter, released by Meriwether schools superintendent Robert Griffin and Manchester principal Suze Neal, said.

‘Manchester High School’s celebration of playing for the Georgia 1-A State Football Championship has unfortunately turned into something none of us could have fathomed.’

Smith was reported missing on Saturday.

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