JACKSON, ma’am (WLBT) – The Brandon High School community is in shock over the sudden loss of one of its football players.
Few details have surfaced as to what led to Phillip Laster Jr.’s death, but his family said he spent some of his last moments on the football field doing what he loved.
The sign on the front door of Laster’s parents reads: “Faith lives here”, and this is what Phillip Sr., Ashanta and their three other children will ultimately do in the coming weeks as they mourn the loss of their child, Phillip Jr..
“I’m speechless that I won’t hear her footsteps through the door, or ‘Mom, what are you cooking?’ in her deep voice, “Ashanta said.” He was a lovely baby. I love my son. ‘”
The Brandon High School football player was just weeks into his senior year and was determined to help his team win the state title.
“Phillip has been playing ball with some of those players since he was about five,” said Phillip Sr. “This has been a really exciting thing for him this year.”
Laster’s father said he was on his way when his son collapsed during football practice on Monday, and by the time he got to the hospital it was too late.
“I called the coach and he said it would probably be better for me to go in if I could because it was a serious situation,” he said. “On my way, I got the call that they missed it.”
While the vices trace their son’s life, they remember him as a “gentle giant” loved by many.
“It’s just hard to find anyone who has anything negative to say about this guy,” said Phillip Sr. “The outburst of love is just a testament to what his life was like. He was a good guy. “
Rankin Co. coroner David Ruth said Monday he was taking Laster’s body to the state medical examiner’s office to perform an autopsy.
We will continue to follow this story and let you know what led to his death as soon as the information reaches us.
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