Teen dies during basketball tryouts in Frankfort
By Karla Ward
of the Lexington Herald-Leader
A 15-year-old freshman at Western Hills High School in Frankfort collapsed and died during basketball tryouts Monday afternoon.
Students had been practicing for just six minutes when Waseeq Shahid collapsed, said Wayne Dominick, communications coordinator for Franklin County Public Schools.
"They were doing some stretches and light exercises," Dominick said. "They said he just collapsed. He just went down."
The incident occurred at 4:06 p.m., and paramedics were on-scene by 4:10 p.m., Dominick said.
Coaches started CPR immediately, he said.
Waseeq was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, which is across the street from the school. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Dominick said.
Waseeq had been cleared to play basketball after a physical last week, Dominick said.
Waseeq was the son of Iqgal and Rohina Shahid and had attended Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort. He had siblings in first, seventh and eleventh grades, Dominick said. He said Waseeq's brother was also among about 40 students who were participating in the tryouts.
Coach Enoch Welch sent the boys trying out for the team home after talking to them about what had happened, Dominick said. He said tryouts will be suspended for the rest of the week and will resume next week.
Welch declined to comment Monday evening.
Dominick said the family hopes to hold a memorial service in Elizabethtown Tuesday afternoon.