WELLSTON, Mo. (KSDK) -- A punching game between a pair of
high school freshmen resulted in the death of a 15-year-old participant.
According to the Wellston Police Department, the incident happened during
lunch hour at Normandy High School. Two friends, 14 and 15-years-old, were
playing a game that consisted of punching each other in the chest.
"It just feels like a nightmare, it just feels like I am still asleep,from
the other night and I haven't even woke up yet," said stepmom Janette
Fifteen-year-old Marquez Oliver was a middle child, an
entertainer, and a loved brother.
"He loved the world, he loved his
family, he loved to be around his family, he loved his friends," said Oliver.
His extended family in the Normandy School District is also dealing with
"It's tragic whenever we lose someone that young," said Chief
Administrative Officer Phillip Boyd for the school district.
Friday at school was difficult day.
"As a district we provided our
crisis intervention team which consists of both NSD staff and external mental
health partners, and they've been at it all morning," said Boyd.
incident was an accident, at least that's what police are leaning towards.
Wellston Police Chief G. Thomas Walker says it started as a game between Oliver
and a friend, both freshmen. The game sounds like a form of punching tag.
"Apparently the victim from what we are hearing had punched the other
student yesterday and he said 'I will get you when I see you next time I will
get you!' and apparently he just saw him standing in the hallway and ran up and
hit him and I guess he wasn't prepared for it," said Chief Walker.
Witnesses tell police Oliver hit the ground immediately after his friend
hit him in the chest with his fist.
School officials responded and tried to resuscitate the 15-year-old, but
couldn't. He was rushed to Children's hospital where he died Thursday around
"We understand that the words are really inadequate right now,
but we feel for the loss and we want them to know that they are in our prayers
and we want to be as supportive as possible," said Boyd.
they are taking it day by day and realizing her stepson's dreams of being an
entertainer will never come true.
"It's just hard, I am sorry," said
Oliver. "It's just really hard because he was like my son."
No word on
pre-existing conditions, the family says he may have been borderline asthmatic,
but didn't carry an inhaler.
The police investigagtion remains ongoing. Chief Walker says juvenile
authorities will decide whether to press charges against the 14-year-old who hit
Normandy High School had grief counselors on campus to talk with students and
faculty. A letter will be sent home to parents Friday.
Kevin Held, KSDK