Micah Tennant, the 10-year-old boy who was shot during a high school football game in New Jersey last week, has died.
Last Friday night, Micah and three other people were shot in Pleasantville, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, at the end of the third quarter of the game between Camden and Pleasantville high schools, authorities said. The two other victims were a 27-year-old-man and a 15-year-old boy. Police say the shooter was an adult male who was injured and taken into custody; he faces weapon charges.
The Philadelphia Eagles offered to host the end of the suspended playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field, and the teams gathered Wednesday to make up the last 17 minutes of play, CNN reports. Before the National Anthem was played, the announcer told the audience that Micah had died of his injuries. After hearing the news, both teams locked arms and shared a moment of silence for the child.
Micah was shot in the neck, CNN affiliate WPVI reported. He died Wednesday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a news release. “Words at this time seem so insufficient to portray the anger and outrage that our community feels,” Tyner said in the release. “However, his spirit will live on in so many people that he inspired.” Some athletes chose to display the number 10 on their uniforms. “Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and all impacted by this news,” the announcer said. “Today, we join with Micah’s family and this community to demonstrate that acts of violence do not win.”
The shooter, Alvin Wyatt, is one of five men charged in connection with the shooting. Wyatt’s charges have been upgraded to murder. Wyatt also faces two counts of attempted murder and weapons charges, prosecutors said. Four other men who attended the game were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and another weapons charge.