Whiteland football player unexpectedly dies; memorial set for high school field

Whiteland football player unexpectedly dies; memorial set for high school field
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*MIK*) NEW TONIGHT…A GREENWOOD FAMILY IS PREPARING TO REMEMBER THEIR SON WHO DIED UNEXPECTEDLY OVER THE WEEKEND… *PHI*) THEY WANT TO DO IT IN A BIG WAY BY FILLING THE STANDS AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD. NEWS 8’S TRAVIS ROBINSON SPOKE WITH HIS PARENTS ABOUT HOW THEY WANT HIM TO BE REMEMBERED. TRAVIS? *TRAVI*) RYAN LATHAMWAS ALL ABOUT LIFE. EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING TO HIM. HIS PARENTS SAY THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BECAUSE SOMEHOW, HE KNEW HIS LIFE WOULD BE SHORT. *TRAVIS ROBINSON REPORTIN*) ((/:)) “HE WAS ALWAYS HAPPY, AND IF HE WASN’T HAPPY IT WAS FOR A MOMENT.” “IF THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT AMAZED HIM, WHICH WAS A LOT OF THINGS, THE LITTLE THINGS- I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES HE’D WALK BY AND SEE SOMETHING AND JUST BE LIKE ‘OH MY GOD! HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN!?'” “RIGHT? ALL THE TIME!” FRIDAY NIGHT, RYAN WENT TO FOOTBALL PRACTICE. HE DIDN’T PLAY, AND SPENT MOST OF THE TIME TALKING WIHT HIS DAD. “IT’S THE LAST SOLID CONVERSATION I HAD WITH HIM. ABOUT LIFE AND WHAT HE HAD COMING.” RYAN WENT TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT, AND NEVER WOKE UP. “WE AREN’T SURE IF IT WAS FROM HIS SHOULDER INJURY, BECAUSE HE HAD JUST DONE THAT, OR IF THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON. HE SAID THAT THEY ARE SENDING EXTRA TISSUE SAMPLES TO FIGURE OUT IF HE HAD SOMETHING UNDERLYING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.” RYANS PARENTS WERE TOLD IT WAS QUICK, PAINLESS AND HAPPENED SEEMLESSLY DURING HIS SLEEP. “I’M TRULY CONVINCED THAT IF YOU EVER HAVE TO LOSE YOUR CHILD THE BEST WAY TO LOSE THEM WOULD BE HEN THEY’RE DREAMING. BECAUSE HE HAD SUCH BIG DREAMS. SUCH BIG DREAMS!” RYAN’S FUNERAL HAS BEEN COMPLETELY PAID FOR THANKS TO GOFUNDME, BUT NOW HIS PARENTS SAY ANY EXTRA MONEY WILL GO TOWARD REMEMBERING RYAN FOR YEARS TO COME WITH A SCHOLARSHIP. “WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A MEMORIAL AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO SET UP SOME KIND OF SCHOLARSHIP FOR A LINEMEN BECAUSE RYAN WAS A LINEMAN.” “WE’RE TRYING TO RAISE AS MUCH AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN TO DO AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN FOR THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AT WHITELAND HIGH SCHOOL WHICH IS WHERE HE PLAYED AND HE LOVED AND HE COULD NOT WIAT TO BE ON THAT FIELD.” *TRAVI*) RYAN IS GOING TO BE REMEMBERED ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD TOMORROW FROM 6:30 TO 7:30 AT WHITELAND HIGH SCHOOL. HIS PARENTS ARE HOPING TO PACK THE STANDS, SO EVERYONE IS WELCOME. BUT HIS PARENTS SAY NO DRESSING UP, BECAUSE RYAN HATED DRESSING UP. I’M TRAVIS

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