PHILADELPHIA – Traumatic week for the Pleasantville community in New Jersey turned tragic on Wednesday, when it turned out that 10-year-old boy Micah Tennant, who was shot in his neck during a Friday night game against Camden, died.
"We learned about it this morning," a linebacker told ESPN Pleasantville and ran back Ernest Howard, who wore a ten-honor honor to Tennant when the game resumed at Lincoln Financial Field. "Our coach told us. He gathered us in the auditorium. Only sad, crazy, angry, many things that go through our minds. We have a game that will win the same day. There was a lot to attend that day." . “
The teams finished their game at Philadelphia Eagles with this dark background. After the shooting, the eagles entered and offered their home equipment when they discovered that Pleasantville and Camden were looking for a neutral place.
Eagles gave them a red carpet treatment. They sent bus buses to pick up the teams and take them to the stadium. When the players arrived, they entered the locker room and found personal labels on the stalls.
About a dozen members of the eagles, including Carson Wentz, Malcolm Jenkins, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox, greeted players. pregame. This was followed by an NFL-style entry, complete with smoke machines lining the entrance to the tunnel as the players reached AC / DC "For Those Going To The Rock".
“We were honored to host both schools today. ", Said President of the Eagle Don Smolenski. "Hopefully this may be something they remember very well in their lives."
As Pleasantville coach Chris Sacco added, "These children needed something to uplift them."
Teams gathered at the center before the game. resuming the game in a moment of silence for Tennant, with a statement from an announcer who said, "We have teamed up with Micah's family to prove that violent acts do not win."
"This child was so different, great personality … great smile and great dreams!" She wrote. “I would never think it would be my life in a million years. I'm glad my mother raised me the way she did it. Only thanks to the Gods of Grace and Mercy do I stand high above my boy! Rosa that I will never leave Anyone who forgets you, as I always sweat you, I will continue. My Jody I love you forever. “
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy mourned the boy's death on Twitter on Wednesday.
"No child deserves to have their promising life shortened, especially by ruthless and senseless gun violence," the governor said. "No parent deserves to bury their child." We will keep Dew's memory close and remember his a name as we continue to work to make New Jersey safer for all our families. “
Wentz discussed shooting at a press conference several hours before Wednesday's game.
"A very difficult situation. It is a tragedy in itself," Wentz said, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. “It's really unfortunate that it happened in the public environment, as it was in a football game. It's Friday night light. It's something the kids just dream of playing. It's something I will take care of for the rest of my life, playing Friday night.
Accusations against suspect gunner were promoted to murder. He also faces two attempted murder and weapons attempts. Two others were injured as a result of the shooting, a 27-year-old man was shot and a 15-year-old boy was saved. Six men were charged, including the man who was shot.
Friday left about 17 minutes when the bullets rang and the game stopped at a stadium in Pleasantville near Atlantic City.
The Mediterranean game won by Camden 22-0 was not open to the public. Part of the lower bowl on each side of the stadium was filled with a select family and friends. On Camden's side, the school band was playing all over while the cheerleaders sang and the mascot ran on the sideline.
The Pleasantville party was much muted in mourning.
"It's certainly hard to realize that we were taking this loss today, but it's more important because we came here and were still fighting and giving our hearts to Micah this amazing podium the Orli had offered us," Howard said.