Coach and former teammates mourn loss of Cam'ron Matthews

Coach and former teammates mourn loss of Cam'ron Matthews
Source: Laurie Gould
Source: Laurie Gould

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - Family, friends, teammates and the Alto community continue to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Cam'ron Matthews Sunday night.

"I'm accepting it, but it shouldn't have happened to Cam like that. 'Why is that?' He was too young…he was too young," said Willie Skinner, former teammate.

A community in mourning, following what close friends of Cam'Ron Matthews say was a life taken too soon.

"He never gave less than 100 percent, always kept his head up. He was just really great at what he did, he loved what he did," said Derrick Shepard, family friend and former teammate.

And what Matthews did was football.

"He was a great football player. He played offense and defense for us, he would do everything you ask him to do and did it well…just overall a great kid," said Paul Gould, Alto High School Athletic Director.

And it was on this field, living his dream, where Matthews was eager to score big for his team. Little did anyone know, it would be for the last time.

"We got him to the sidelines and he was like 'I'm alright, I'm alright, I'm okay, I need to get back in there.' The trainers say 'no, no you're going to stay over here for a second.' And then he collapsed, non-responsive and things went south real quick," Gould said.

Matthews was flown to ETMC in Tyler where he died Saturday evening.

And while many called him a friend and teammate, Shepard finds comfort in another word.

"Brother, he was more like a brother to me than anything," Shepard said.

The Alto Yellowjacks visited the Matthews family earlier Sunday in Tyler. Gould says they're doing as good as can be expected at a time like this.

"He had big goals and dreams, I know that much. I know out of all people, he would probably be one of the one's to succeed the most," Skinner said.

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