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Collinsville freshman dies after he falls in school stairwell

Students, parents react to death of Collinsville High freshman

In this BND file video from Sept. 22, 2016, freshman Tray Turner's death shocked and saddened students at Collinsville High School. Tray fell in a stairwell at the school on Sept. 19, 2016, and suffered severe head injuries.
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In this BND file video from Sept. 22, 2016, freshman Tray Turner's death shocked and saddened students at Collinsville High School. Tray fell in a stairwell at the school on Sept. 19, 2016, and suffered severe head injuries.

Collinsville Superintendent Robert Green announced in a news release Thursday afternoon that a freshman who was seriously injured earlier this week has died.

The student was identified by the district as Tray Turner. Family members said through the district that Turner died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Turner was injured on Monday afternoon when a fall on some stairs at the school led to him suffering what the school has called severe injuries. The Collinsville Police Department said the investigation into the incident was ongoing on Thursday. Green has said police have told school officials that what happened was a “tragic accident.” Turner was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital on Monday afternoon after he was injured.

Turner’s parents included the following statement along with the announcement of the student’s passing on Thursday:

“We want you to know that we so greatly appreciate the prayers of support you have all provided this week. We ask that you continue to come together, united in focusing positive thoughts and prayers. This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., Tray earned his angel wings. We ask that you all continue to honor Tray’s life by coming together in love.”

Collinsville Unit 10 School District superintendent Robert Green spoke Wednesday about a student injured in a fall on the stairs at the high school. The Collinsville high school student, who has not been identified, airlifted to a St. Louis hospit

Green also included a statement as part of the news release Thursday, adding that trained staff was made available for Collinsville students and school employees dealing with Turner’s tragic death.

“Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 is deeply saddened by the loss of Tray Turner, the student injured earlier this week at CHS. Each student is special and Tray will be missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. The district’s Help and Response Team of specially trained staff is helping students and faculty deal with this tragic loss,” Green said. “KAHOKstrong continues its efforts to support Tray’s family. This tragedy impacts everyone in the Unit 10 family. It is with heavy hearts that we move forward.”

The district’s homecoming parade is canceled on Thursday. The homecoming football game, dance and coronation will go on this weekend as planned, according to district officials.

Assistant Principal Kari Karidis said the district plans on honoring Turner’s life during Friday night’s football game.

“Please continue to keep this family in your prayers in the next several weeks,” Karidis said. “We will honor Tray’s life at (Friday) night’s football game where we will be collecting donations for continued support at this difficult time.”

Collinsville police said the school district cooperated fully with its investigation.

“Investigators have interviewed potential witnesses and followed up on several rumors,” Maj. Brett Boerm said in a news release. “While we continue to investigate, we are confident that the actions that led to Tray’s injuries and subsequent death were the result of a tragic accident.”

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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