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Services set for Alto football player who died after collapsing at game

Cam'ron Matthews (Source: Laurie Gould) Cam'ron Matthews (Source: Laurie Gould)
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ALTO, TX (KTRE) -

Services for Cam’ron Matthews, the Alto Yellowjackets player who collapsed at a football game on Oct. 16 and later died are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24.

According to a notice that appeared on the Alto Independent School District Web site Tuesday, the services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in the Rusk High School gymnasium (Eagle Coliseum). There will be no visitation.

“Please continue to pray for the Matthews family,” the Alto ISD Web site stated.

Matthews, who died after collapsing on the field Friday night died from an aneurysm, according to the school district's superintendent.

Superintendent Kerry Birdwell said he received the word from the school's athletic director, who was with the Matthews' family when they learned the cause from the doctor. He said the doctor said the aneurysm "may not be" football-related.

“They’re devastated, everybody is devastated," Courtney Marshall, an Alto High School counselor, said Monday. "It’s a really sad environment. It’s terrible that everybody has to go through this.”

Many students and faculty members described Matthews as respectful, a good friend, and kind to others. People who knew him best said he left his heart on the field and always motivated those around him.

“A lot of people have been crying, missing him," said Christopher Jackson, an Alto football player. "They’re telling us he’s in a better place and God took him for a reason.”

The 16-year-old collapsed on the Alto football field in a game against Carlisle Friday night. He was flown from the field to a Tyler hospital. He died on Saturday.

Birdwell said for now, this Friday's road game against Cayuga will be played as planned.

Last Friday's game against Carlisle was postponed once Matthews collapsed. Birdwell said he is "quite positive" that game will not be finished, but a district executive committee will make a determination on the game.

"I do want to say that our coach cannot say enough good things about Carlisle's coach and how he's been through this whole thing," Birdwell said. "Everyone wants to win, but he's been outstanding for us right now."

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