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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 5:00am

Why Did Teen Football Player Die?

State authorities in Georgia say they're investigating the death of a high school player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a preseason football game near Atlanta.

Medical Examiner's officials said 16-year-old De'Antre Turman fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night about 15 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Turman was a junior at a high school in Fairburn. Officials have said he died after what appeared to be a routine tackle.

Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin said the agency, among other things, will investigate what equipment Turman was wearing to determine if any policy changes might be necessary in the future.

A vigil was held Sunday night for the teen at a suburban Atlanta recreation center.