Students at Theodore Roosevelt High School are struggling with the loss of a fellow student and friend today.
Devon Conwell, a sophomore at Theodore Roosevelt, died Wednesday unexpectedly during a basketball practice in Twinsburg. The Twinsburg Bulletin reports that Conwell likely died of cardiac arrest during a basketball practice.
Kent City Schools Superintendent Joseph Giancola told the Record-Courier that grief counselors are at the high school and available to students as they grieve.
Conwell's Facebook page turned into a real-time memorial as friends posted goodbye messages Thursday.
"You were always the one to make me laugh," Maria Monaee wrote on Conwell's page. "Always made my day better. You were a good person. Someone everybody adored. You may not walk this earth with us anymore but your still in (our) hearts."
Conwell played as a defensive tackle and offensive lineman for the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders football team. He averaged two tackles per game this past season.
According to the Twinsburg Bulletin, Twinsburg paramedics were called to The Edge sports facility on Ravenna Road.
Twinsburg Fire Chief Richard Racine told the newspaper that Conwell went into cardiac arrest. Conwell was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m., according to the Bulletin.
Conwell was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m., according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy is pending.
"(It) sucks to know that I will never see you again big guy," Eriqk Smiley wrote on Conwell's page. "You were about to be something great. Everything I do for now on I do it for you."