Missouri youth soccer player dies after collapse during game

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. – The Waynesville, Missouri, community mourns the loss of a youth soccer player who died after collapsing on a field during a game.

The WSR Youth Sports Facebook page states that the athlete collapsed during a soccer game Thursday evening at Roubidoux Park. After some quick medical attention, the athlete was rushed to a hospital.

The athlete, who WSR Youth Sports identified as Ken Taylor, later died from his condition.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor family as they mourn the loss of their beloved son Ken,” said WSR Sports via Facebook. “We reach out to their family at this time to let them know we are here, we care, and we are mourning with you. May God be with you during this time.

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The City of Waynesville shared a photo of a memorial and offered this statement via Facebook on Friday:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we post this. The young athlete who collapsed at last night’s soccer field has passed away.

We stand together with the Taylor family in this difficult time, and offer our heartfelt condolences for the loss of their beloved Ken. May we all find strength and comfort in each other’s embrace.

The city has placed a wreath at the soccer field this tragedy took place and welcomes the community to place their own contributions, in honor of Ken Taylor’s memory.”

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