A Seattle high school football player who was injured during a game last week has died.
Highline Public Schools spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers said Kenney Bui died late Monday morning. Bui was injured during the fourth quarter on Friday in the school’s homecoming game against Highline High School.
Bui, a defensive back, was injured making a tackle. His family said he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery and had been in critical condition over the weekend.
Rogers said students and others at Evergreen High School are grieving and the school district is working to support them.
Superintendent for Highline Schools, Susan Enfield, wrote in a statement: “This is a devastating loss for all of us — Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community. Our deepest condolences go out to Kenney’s family and all who knew him. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Bui’s family told KIRO-TV they are grateful for all the support and hope high school football families will not think twice before letting their children play.
“I don’t want nothing to happen to all the kids in the United States,” Bui’s father said.
Bui is at least the fourth high school football player to die this year. Alarm over football0-related injuries and deaths is growing in school districts across the country, and many are debating whether to keep their football teams.
Bui’s death follows the death of 17-year-old Evan Murray in New Jersey last month. Murray collapsed after taking a hit and later died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.