There was just six minutes left in Tipton High School's final game of the season on Oct. 31 when Chad Stover took a jarring hit and was taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital. He has since died from his injuries, hospital officials told KCTV5.
TIPTON, MO (KCTV/AP) -
A high school football player has died after being hospitalized with a brain injury since an October playoff game.
There were just six minutes left in Tipton High School's final game of the season on Oct. 31 when 17-year-old Chad Stover took a jarring hit and was taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital. He has since died from his injuries, hospital officials told KCTV5 on Thursday morning.
The school and family have received an overwhelming amount of support since Chad's injury. Initially, the support came from surrounding communities, but as word spread the support came from across the nation.
Residents in Tipton, a town of about 3,200, had covered the town in red ribbons in honor of Stover.
The ribbons, red for the school's color, have also been spreading on social media and to the nearby town of California, where the high school there has also hung red ribbons and put Stover's No. 18 on their field.
Tipton Superintendent Scott Jarvis said the support for Chad, his family and hometown have been amazing.
Tipton is a very close community and we are handle this difficult situation together. We appreciate all of the concern and prayers over this long two week period. Chad's story will forever change the lives of many people," he said in a written statement issued Thursday.
Chad's mother, Amy Stover, kept supporters updated on a CaringBridge.com site. "Just feel numb and so very helpless. My very sweet boy. I love so very much," she wrote before his death.
Chad was remembered as a talented athlete who was an upstanding young man off the field.
"He's just an awesome boy," Robert Peters, owner of Bobbio's Eatery, said.
Other residents said they were devastated that he lost his life while doing something he loved.
A fund has been set up to help Stover's family deal with his medical expenses. If you would like to contribute, you can make a donation at Tipton Latham Bank. Donations should be made to the Chad Stover Benefit fund.
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