Jackson Prep officials have released a letter saying that Walker Wilbanks, the student who was injured in Friday night's game, has died.
Prep Headmaster Jason L. Walton sent a letter Monday afternoon saying the school was 'notified by the family of the passing of Walker Wilbanks.'
'Since our home football game against Oxford High School, the singular focus of this community has been prayer. We have been on our knees in prayer individually, in prayer circles, at houses of worship and here on campus,' Walton wrote. 'We have been praying fervently for a miracle that the health and well-being of our beloved friend and student, Walker, would be restored.
'Today, our prayers continue to be with David, Shelia and Landon and the rest oft he extended Wilbanks family, as well as Walker's friends here at Prep and beyond.'
Jackson Prep has had an LED sign outside the school bearing the message #PrayForWalker since Wilbanks' hospitalization. Students not only from Prep, but from other area schools have mobilized to hold a prayer vigil for the junior, rallying prayer support on social media, and visiting him at the hospital.
'There have been a couple of things that have put a horse apple in my throat, and seeing the JA cheerleaders in the atrium at Baptist, that was one,' Walton said. 'They were there for their friend. It didn't matter where he went to school. It's amazing how the divisions fall away.'
Walton said the Wilbanks family is asking for time to themselves for the rest of the day. The school will hold a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. today in the school gym.
According to school officials, in the second half of Friday night's game, Wilbanks came to the sidelines, not feeling well. Wilbanks was taken to the hospital 'immediately' after being assessed by Jackson Prep's training staff, which Head of School Jason Walton said includes contracted sports medicine professionals.
Once he reached the emergency room, Wilbanks began to cramp and vomit, officials said. He had a seizure, and his brain started to swell and was not getting enough oxygen.
'Nobody wants to know what happened more than we do. Everybody here wants to know,' Walton said earlier Monday. ' We don't know definitively what the cause was.'