(CLEVELAND) - "I think we're all just trying to get through this together, I mean, that's all you really can do," a Brush High School student told WTAM Thursday morning. A Brush High School hockey player, Alec Kornet, died Tuesday night after practice. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not released the cause of death, but Kornet collapsed during practice and had trouble breathing.
His father told WTAM's news partner Channel 3 that Alec was taken to the bench and given water, but then collapsed again. He added that his son had no known medical conditions, was not hit in the head, and did not even take energy drinks. He said an autopsy could provide answers to why he died.
On Thursday, students walked the hallways of Brush High School dressed in Cleveland Indians apparel, because Alec was a huge Indians fan. Students will do so tomorrow as well. A banner (pictured at the top) was also created and signed by students, who left messages as a memorial. There is also a display in the band room, which includes the actual snare drum he played with a bouquet of flowers, signifying Alec’s love of playing music and participating in the high school band. A moment of silence is planned for the Brush High School basketball game on Friday evening as well.
The Brush High School hockey team will play its sectional match on Saturday evening at Kent State University and pay tribute to Alec with a moment of silence. The entire team will wear black arm-bands and a black-colored #4 sticker on the back of their helmets, which was Alec’s jersey number.