Two High School Football Team Co-Captains Die Within Two Days, Leaving Town Shaken

We like to pull up the day’s headlines to find inspirational public interest stories, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The Washington town of Lynnwood recently suffered through two days of tragic headlines after two of the local high school’s students and football players died within 48 hours of each other.

The first blow was the loss of the team’s co-captain, Sayon Savorn. Seventeen-year-old Sayon committed suicide the night of June 9th and was discovered by his mother. The following day, fellow co-captain Ryan Truong was also found dead. It’s believed Truong, 17, died of natural causes, though tests from Snohomish County Medical Examiner have yet to determine a cause of death.

What is know is that the town of Lynnwood is taking the deaths incredibly hard. The football team’s head coach, Keauntea Bankhead, called the loss of both students a “double blow,” stating, “Losing one, and then find out, and you lost the next one.” 

Assistant coach Cory Tuiolennu also commented on the loss of Savorn and Truong, saying “They were like sons to us. Always had a smile on their face. Always hard workers. Never complained.” Their numbers, 11 and 25, are being retired from the team out of respect.

Grieving alongside the boy’s family and closest friends are the hundreds of students at Lynnwood high school. On Wednesday, the boy’s fellow student body gathered for a memorial, releasing balloons in their honor.

While Truong’s death is a sudden tragedy, especially at such a young age, according to Savorn’s mother, his battle with depression started in middle school. “I was so aware, and I was so close with him. But yet, he just could not, he like lost hope,” Savorn’s mother, Sheri Tada commented to KOMO News

Savorn’s death brings the discussion around to mental health, especially as it pertains to the nation’s youth. At only 17-years-old, Truong’s depression was severe enough to drive him to suicide. If his loss does anything, hopefully, it emphasizes the need for discussion and action in cases of severe depression. 

A GoFundMe page was set up in honor of Savorn to cover his funeral costs.

H/T: Fox News, Twitter