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Family Calling for Answers in Morgan State Univ Football Player Death

Updated: Sunday, August 24 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

A Morgan State University football player dies two weeks after collapsing at a team workout.

The player's mother is demanding to know what happened to her son.

When classes open Monday morning, one incoming freshman will be missing. Eighteen-year old Marquese Meadow who was recruited to play football at MSU has died.

Two weeks after he passed out on the field, his mother still doesn't know what happened.

At the family home in Washington, D.C. friends are mourning the death of a friend.

Meadow was a stand-out on the field at Friendship High School and had earned a scholarship to play at MSU.

"When he got the scholarship at Morgan he was so excited he was happy it was the best thing that ever happened to him.  He felt like he had accomplished something," said Marquese's mother Benita Meadow.

But two weeks before the start of classes, the incoming freshman passed out on the practice field and was raced to the hospital.

"I didn't understand how this happened.  He was a healthy kid.  He'd never been hospitalized.   He'd never been sick before," she added.

Benita Meadow was by her son's side this morning when he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her son's organs, she says, had shutdown.

He never made it out of the intensive care unit. After two weeks in ICU his mother is still unclear what happened to her son.

"I know what the injuries were but I don't know exactly what caused them," said Benita Meadow.

"He was perfectly healthy.  He had had a physical just days before there was no reason for him to have any medical problems on that field. We wanna know what happened on that field," said Meadow family attorney William McCaskill.

The family is still unclear why the team was practicing on a Sunday night and says the school hasn't provided answers.

"I don't know you could characterize this as a practice, per say, it was a team workout," said Morgan State Spokesperson Clint Coleman.

For now, Benita Meadow holds on to pictures and memories as she mourns the death of her only son.

"He's been the best kid I could ever ask for as a mom.  I raised him by myself as a single mom.  He meant a lot to a lot of people.  He touched a lot of lives," she said.

Classes are set to begin Monday at Morgan State University.

Funeral services have not been announced.   

Family Calling for Answers in Morgan State Univ Football Player Death


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