Burlington, NC -- Burlington Williams High School quarterback Harry Cohen died Monday evening at UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Alamance Burlington School System released this statement about Cohen's death Monday night: "We are extremely saddened to confirm that Harry Cohen, Williams High senior, passed away this evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Children's Hospital at UNC. We ask for your continued support, your thoughts and your prayers for Harry's family, the Williams High football team, and for the entire extended school community".
Friends and classmates gathered at the school Monday night to pay their respects. Some placed flowers at a candle lit at the bulldog statue. He was described as a great guy who everyone wanted to be around.
Cohen's friend BJ Bradsahw said, "If a kid was sitting at lunch by hisself, he'd be the first one to go sit with him. He kept everybody up to date. He was just one of those guys, like every time you needed him he was there."
Earlier in the day, before the news of Cohen's death, his classmate Oscar Gomez said, "He's very honest, humble. He's basically what you would look for in a perfect friend or perfect guy. He's just a really good guy. He's what you want the little kids to look up to."
Cohen led the Williams High School football team to a 27-17 victory over Southern Alamance Friday night.
WFMY News 2 was at the game and captured video of Cohen being hit as he ran for the Bulldogs final score in the 4th quarter. He laid on the ground for a few minutes, but then was able to get up and is seen walking off the field smiling.
It is not known if any of the hits Cohen took during the game is related to his death.
"Last time I saw him Friday night he was sitting out on the steps with the biggest grin on his face you've ever seen. I said, 'how you doing buddy?' He just went, 'I'm tired. I'm tired, but I am so happy,'" said Football Coach David Green Monday afternoon before Cohen's death.
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