Family shocked by player's sudden, unexpected death

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Jubilation quickly turned into sorrow Friday night after a D'Iberville High School football player collapsed on the field during a game, then later died at Ocean Springs Hospital.

An autopsy performed Saturday revealed D'Iberville Warriors football player Latrell "Fred" Dunbar unexpectedly died of heart complications leaving friends, family and his teammates in both shock and sorrow.

Football cheers quickly turned into silence when witnesses say 16-year-old Latrell Dunbar collapsed, bringing the entire arena to a complete standstill.

"It all happened at once. The play started, and he was just laying there. And whenever someone gets hurt, you kneel on one knee," said Jamea Clausell, friend and D'Iberville cheerleader.

The players did just that, watching anxiously and hoping for a response as coaches tried to resuscitate the young player.

"They started pumping, and everybody was like, 'What is going on?' They were pumping him and everything, and he still wasn't moving. We were just standing there like we've been down here for too long. It took them a while to get on the field and help him. He was just laying there."

Emotions ran high outside of the Ocean Springs Hospital as Dunbar's friends and family tried to come to grips with the reality of an unexpected loss.

"He called me mom, hugged me every time he saw me. You never know when it will be your last time. Just pray for his mom and his dad and his sisters. They need your prayers right now," said family friend Alice Ducksworth.

"My sister said he was so excited about starting tonight for football, and now he's gone. He's gone," said Dunbar's Uncle Phillip Chatman, as he shook his head.

Dunbar's friends and family said they don't know why something like this would have to happen to him. But what they do know, he was a great person, and he will truly be missed.

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