In his own words, the coach who performed CPR on Terrance Allen and watched him take his last breath speaks out.
Amite high school football team’s Defensive Coach, Henry Singleton said, Amite is a close-knit community. Singleton spoke exclusively with reporter Jonah Gilmore, saying the loss of his player is unlike anything he’s ever experienced.
“He was the sweetest kid, he’s tough when you think about the linemen to consider someone sweet, but he was the sweetest kid.“
The Amite community is trying to come to terms with that fact that a valuable member of its family is gone.
“It just got them all upset and I’m sure they’ll stay upset for a while, the coaches the players, the community but um, we’re going to live through it, we’re going to live through it” said Jerry Trabona, Chief of Amite Police Department.
Tuesday night, 15-year-old Terrance Allen also known as TJ was joking with his friends while walking back to the locker room. Once inside of the locker room, the defensive lineman collapsed.
“That was the most heartbreaking thing, to rush over to him, start CPR, get the kids out the locker room get the ambulance there, sit there and fight with him“ said Singleton.
Singleton said, during those moments he tried everything he could to save the child’s life.
“The paramedics walked in, and they put the machine on and start shocking him and then everyone just sitting there and praying, praying“
Singleton said, the most heart-breaking part is, knowing Allen’s mom watched her son die.
“And for his mom to be sitting out here at practice the whole time, to watch her son walk in with his best friend clowning and stuff, that’s the toughest part.“
The Amite Warriors has lost a key member of their family, Singleton says they can only go on as TJ would want them.
“The best way to honor Terrance is to be like Terrance walk the life that Terrance would want us to walk.“
Coach Singleton stressed; they understood the summer months are hot, so they pushed practices back to avoid the players being in the heat.
An autopsy will be performed today to determine the official cause of death.