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Younger Linden soccer standout dies from head accidents from Sept. 9 sport

Tragedy struck Union State for the second time in two weeks when Linden sophomore Xavier McClain died Wednesday from a head harm suffered throughout a Sept. 9 Massive Central Convention sport towards Woodbridge.

The deadly harm occurred after Rahway Sr. Ali Muhammad died in his sleep. He was found by his father when he tried to get up Ali for college.

Xavier was hit whereas returning a second-half kickoff for Linden, in response to an individual on the sport who was not approved to talk publicly. Video footage of the sport stopped taking part in and an ambulance was on Linden’s facet about 10 minutes into the play.

Xavier’s dying was introduced Wednesday night time by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead on a number of of his social media platforms. Linden school and workers obtained affirmation of the 16-year-old’s dying Thursday morning in a district-wide e-mail from Performing Superintendent of Colleges Dennis Cleary.

“Collectively we prayed for a miracle and anticipated a special final result,” Armstead wrote in his Fb, Instagram and Twitter posts. “I imagine God is aware of higher. He wanted an angel and determined to name Xavier house to be with him.

“This information hurts as a result of I’ve recognized his dad and mom, Lisa and Norm, and their two sons, Xavier and Andres, for years since they have been little boys,” Armstead added. “Tragically their worst fears got here true.”

Linden received that sport towards Woodbridge 31-0, with Xavier contributing considerably on either side of the ball. He carried twice for 18 yards, caught an 8-yard go from Tequan Thomas and had 4 tackles within the secondary.

Xavier (5-5, 132 kilos) was a budding star for head coach Al Chiola, breaking into the lineup at occasions as a freshman final season. He’s certainly one of a number of sophomores this season to both begin or earn common taking part in time for the Tigers.

Linden (1-2) was scheduled to host Perth Amboy at house on Friday at 7 p.m. in a Liberty Gold Division sport, however that sport was moved to Saturday at Linden at 1 p.m. Linden coaches weren’t accessible for remark.

Ominously, neighbors Linden and Rahway opened the season towards one another in a cross-division Massive Central battle. Rahway received 21-20. Ali Muhammad, who didn’t play in that match, died six days later. His wake will likely be held at present (Thursday) in Roselle.

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Mike Kinney might be reached mkinney@njadvancemedia.com. Observe him on Twitter @MikeKinneyHS.

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