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Alto gathers to mourn loss of football player Cam'ron Matthews

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
ALTO, TX (KTRE) -

The stands of Yellowjacket Stadium are usually full on Friday nights in the fall, but on Saturday night, they were packed for another reason, to mourn the loss of Cam’ron Matthews.

"So many people gathering here, it's very fitting, at the football stadium, where he spent so much of his time," said Alto ISD Superintendent Kerry Birdwell.

To the community of Alto, Cam'ron was so much more than a football player.

“When you have your own kids and you want them to emulate someone and follow in their footsteps, Cam'ron was a perfect example of that,” Birdwell said. “He was a great kid in the classroom, unbelievable athlete, but more importantly just a great, great kid.”

Through the tears and grief, the community came together as they shared stories about Cam'ron and prayed together, leaning on one another for support.

"When there's a need, people are going to step up and it's great to see that from our community," Birdwell said.

As the crowd gathered around the field for one final prayer, Camron's brothers on the field, his team, stood in the middle, offering each other comfort.

"They love each other, that's them,” Birdwell said. “They love the game, they love each other and they love Cam'ron and I know it will be tough for them.”

However, together, the football team, school, and community will overcome this tragedy, they say, for Cam'ron.

"It's amazing how everybody steps up and I'm very proud to be part of the community, and very proud to be part of this school district," Birdwell said.

Alto ISD said there will be counseling available on Monday for grieving students.

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