West High holds memorial for football player who died

West High holds memorial for football player who died

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They walked back out on the field in tears to where Jake Logue died, holding hands, hoping he's now in a better place. They walked back out on the field in tears to where Jake Logue died, holding hands, hoping he's now in a better place.

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- West High School Students led a memorial Saturday night to honor an opposing team's football player.

Jake Logue, a Sullivan South High School football player, collapsed on the West High School football field Friday night during a game. He suffered cardiac arrest.

"I looked over and saw them doing CPR, and I just didn't know what to say or what to do," says Demonte Bledsoe, a player for West High.

"A guy just died on the 10 yard line," says Alec Queisser, Bledsoe's brother and teammate.

A countless number of students were joined by their parents and coaches at the memorial.

They walked back out on the field in tears to where Logue died, holding hands, hoping he's now in a better place.

"Last night was surreal," says Steve Queisser, Alec and Demonte's father.

The word "surreal" was used by many people at Friday night's game as they attempt to come to terms with the loss.

"I've never seen defibrillators taken out on a field. I've never seen an ambulance on the field so you knew it was bad," Steve Queisser says.

Along with a large pile flowers, students left several notes addressed to Logue and his family. 

"I'm very proud of the way that they have dealt with themselves. They've been respectful, and they've certainly been responsible for the way they've tried to relate to each other and the family at this time," says West High Principal Greg Roach.

The players on West High team appear closer than ever as they remember number 54.

"He looked like a great guy. It was way too early," Alec Queisser says.

Principal Roach also tells 6 News the faculty will meet Monday morning to make sure any students who are having a difficult time dealing with the death have someone to talk to.

News stations in the Tri-cities are reporting Logue had a heart murmur and was cleared by doctors to start the football season.

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