Yahir Cancino: Texas high school football player tragically dies after head injury during junior varsity football game
LUBBOCK, TEXAS: A West Texas high school football player died Saturday morning, September 3, after suffering a reported head injury this week during a junior varsity football game. Yahir Cancino, a student at Dalhart High School, lost consciousness during a game on September 1, according to a letter from Dalhart ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd that was shared on social media. Cancino was unresponsive after suffering an injury, the letter said, and he was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, about 80 miles away.
Cancino's cause of death and the reason behind his loss of consciousness have not been revealed. However, KCBD-TV in Lubbock reported Cancino had a head injury. A GoFundMe campaign set up for Cancino's family said the athlete was playing in the final quarter of the game when the incident occurred. Cancino's mother, Araceli Hernandez confirmed that her son had died in a statement on Facebook, and said that his organs will be donated.
"Thank you to the community of Dalhart and the Texas panhandle for all the prayers, the calls, text and messages but unfortunately Yahir passed from his injuries," she wrote in the post, which included a picture of Cancino smiling. "We ask for prayers for peace and healing not only for us but for all the people Yahir touched in his life." Hernandez said the family chose to donate Cancino's organs to help others and "honor his memory."
"I know one thing for sure, that Yahir is with our Heavenly Father this kid love Him so much and was never afraid to share the gospel," she added. "I know he is up there pulling pranks and being the little rascal that he is. We love you so so much Yahir watch over sister, brother and Mom and Dad." The GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised over $45,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
On Sunday, Dalhart High School held a candlelight vigil in memory of Cancino, who they called "our sweet friend."
Dalhart superintendent Jeff Byrd announced that Dalhart schools will not have any extracurricular activities over the weekend out of respect to Cancino and his family. School districts around the Texas Panhandle are encouraging students to wear purple on Thursday in memory of Cancino. Dalhart High’s school colors are purple and gold.
A prayer vigil was held at Memorial Stadium earlier this evening for Dalhart High student Yahir Cancino, who was injured last night in a JV football game against Sundown in Dimmitt. Towards the end of the vigil, many of those in attendance formed a #22 on the field in honor of... pic.twitter.com/Ehq7TfJyS0— The Dalhart Texan (@thedalharttexan) September 3, 2022
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