(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
Windies women beat Sri Lanka in T50 game in TrinidadThe West Indies women cricketers defeated Sri Lanka’s women by 6 wickets on Wednesday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad to take a one game lead in their 3-match 50 over series.The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Women’s Championships, used as qualification for the 2021 World Cup.Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They were dismissed for 136 with Hayley Matthews, Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor and Afy Fletcher all taking three wickets each. Matthews took 3-18 while Taylor had 3-24 and Fletcher took 3-42Chasing a score of 137 for victory, the West Indies easily motored to 138-4 off 39 overs. Merissa Aguilera top-scoring with an unbeaten 34 runs and Kyshona Knight scored an unbeaten 21 against 2-27 from Ranaweera.Hayley Matthews who shared in a valuable 37 run partnership with Chedean Nation, but ws forced to retire with an injury, was named Player of the Match.The win gives the West Indies women 2 points as the series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship.The next match is a Day/Night game on Friday 13 from 2:30pm which will also be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.