ERLANGER, Ky. — A St. Henry District High School soccer player collapsed and died on the field during training Tuesday evening, according to Diocese of Covington spokesperson Laura Keener.
The family of Matthew Mangine Jr. released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken from the tragic loss of our beloved son, brother and grandchild Matthew Mangine Jr. Our family’s grief is immeasurable and a bright light in the world has been extinguished all too soon. Please respect the privacy of our family and allow us the time to mourn privately.”
Principal David Otte said the community is heartbroken over the news of Mangine's death.
“Our hearts are breaking, and we are beyond devastated this morning with the news that a member of the St. Henry Boys’ Soccer Team collapsed on the field during training last night and passed away. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we are praying for them during this very difficult time," Otte said.
Counselors will be available at the school and over the phone to help students.
WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.