E. Tennessee teen killed playing flag football at school

Lenoir City (WVLT) - A 14-year-old Lenoir City freshman has died from an injury he sustained in class Wednesday.

The victim's classmates tell us it was just a freak accident.

It was a tragic day at Lenoir City High School. Fourteen-year-old Coty Bluford died from an injury he sustained after a collision during a flag football game in class.

"He and another classmate playing football, and the kid playing with hit Coty's temple," classmate Jessica Sarten said.

Jessica says he was taken to a local hospital then flown by Lifestar to UT Medical Center where he died from severe trauma to the brain. Coty's classmates are looking at the yearbook they just got a week ago, and can't believe Coty's gone.

"All pretty down in the dumps because it's a freak accident and it's really sad," classmate Megan Lange said.

Megan was shocked when she heard the news during lunch break. She remembers seeing Coty in the hallways during school.

"He was a great kid, he had a lot of friends, and he was an athlete and a nice young man," Lange said.

A nice young man who everyone was praying for today not realizing the extent of the injuries. Then after most of the student body had left for the day, Jessica got word Coty didn't make it.

"I think everyone is going to be a little shocked once the principal announces it," Sarten said

It's one announcement about a student a principal hopes to never have to make.

We tried to speak to the superintendent on camera, but he was unable to comment. He did tell us they will have counselors at school Thursday to talk the students.

Coty's funeral will be held on what would have been his 15th birthday.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lenoir City. The funeral will follow.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Cemetary in Lenoir City.

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  • by tiffany Location: anderson county high school on Dec 3, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    yeah thats really sad i hate to hear that....its sad how many young people are dien these days.....i wish the best to his friends and family and you all will be in my prays...{tiffany nicole dockery]
  • by susan aka susie Location: lenoir city tennessee on Jun 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    coty could make anyone smile and we all took it really hard and every time i hear his name i cry nobody that i have talked to has ever had anything bad to say about him mostly because there is nothing bad to say about him i used to go to all the basketball games and football games my cousin was on both so i didnt miss one and when we did he was always smiling and so happy this was a really big tradgedy for something like this to have happened to such a kid that had everything going for him he had an amazing girlfriend and she is taking it really hard and everyone around here is tking it very hard i took it hard he was one of the people that made my birthday speacial and ill never forget what he did for me and i just want him to know that ill see him soon up in heaven!!!! RIP COTY BLUFORD GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! we miss you big blue!
  • by Mick Location: Lenoir City on May 8, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    Coty was a really good to evreyone he knew and did not know. A lot of the student body will really miss him for his postive attitude and everything he does. He was a great athlete. He was really good at basketball and football. Coty will never be forgot here at LCHS. Coty we will all miss you. R.I.P COTY BLUFORD
  • by Nicole Location: Sevierville on May 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the childs family. Also, with all of the children at the school. I hope the parents can take some comfort in knowing that he is in a better place. Still we will continue to pray for them.
  • by tonia covington Location: lenior city on May 8, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    sorry to hear about your loss he was a good young man
  • by Patrick McCallie Location: Lenoir city High School on May 8, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    I am A Football platyer at the high school. Coty was my best friend and always will be. It is really weird at school today because he isn't here. The fall football season will be really hard to handle. I just really miss and want his family to know that we loved him so much. He was our fellow teammate and friend. He will be missed by all and nevefr forgotten for his bright and cheery spirit and his big smile. I Won't ever forget you man. I miss you and I will see someday in them future when i go high up on that mountion. Next season is for you coty. R.I.P. Big Boy Blu
  • by MICHAEL C Location: LENOIR CITY on May 8, 2008 at 09:06 AM
  • by Terra Location: Kingston on May 8, 2008 at 01:52 AM
    He will always be in our harts. We will never forget him.
  • by Steven "Bo" Bowers Location: Lenoir City, TN on May 7, 2008 at 11:14 PM
    Cody Bluford was a great person who didn't deserve an early passing. I hope and pray his family and close friends can make it through this, and for any who see this please say a prayer for him. Rest in Peace Cody, We all love you.
  • by Hannah Location: Lenoir City on May 7, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    He will be missed! He was always so nice and always a happy guy! The student body mourns the loss of this teen this afternoon. He will not be forgotten.
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