Nine year old dies during Eastern Football practice

By Lindsay Kriz -

REEDSVILLE — The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the Nov. 2 death of a 9-year-old boy.

Wyatt Barber was participating in a youth football practice and players had taken a break from running sprints when a coach discovered him on the ground unconscious, according to the sheriff’s office. The practice at the time was a walk-through, not a contact practice, they said.

After discovering Barber’s condition, coaches immediately contacted EMS at 7:19 p.m. and performed CPR on Barber before he was transported to the Meigs Emergency Department, where he passed away. Meigs County Coroner Dr. Douglas Hunter was contacted and met officers at the emergency room.

Eastern Local Schools Superintendent Scot Gheen lamented Barber’s passing.

“The staff, students and community of Eastern Local would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Wyatt Barber during this unfortunate time,” he said. “The school has put in place grief counseling services to assist the students and staff in need. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

An investigation is ongoing.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

By Lindsay Kriz