Less than 24 hours after what would’ve been his first high school football game, Independence High quarterback Davyne Simpson will be buried.
Simpson, 16, died last Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was taken after being found unconscious in his room earlier this month. Doctors placed him in a medical coma, hoping his condition might improve.
Simpson’s story generated a tremendous amount of community support and a number of football teams have placed Simpson’s No. 9 on the back of their helmets. Several schools have painted a special 9-yard-line marker on their fields ahead of Friday night’s games.
Independence was scheduled to play its first game of the season Friday night at 7 p.m. at home against Hopewell.
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Simpson’s family will greet friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., with a burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Notes of encouragement may be made to the family by visiting ellingtonfuneralservices.com.