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NY town joins teammates in mourning teen's death

September 26, 2013
Associated Press

BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) — In the upstate New York village of Brocton, the mourning continues for a 16-year-old high school football player who died last week after being injured in a game.

Damon Janes' Westfield-Brocton teammates have voted to end their season to mourn their friend. But in a community small enough to school all of its kids under one roof, they're not grieving alone.

As Damon's teammates have stayed up nights making ribbons and cookies as fundraisers for the Janes family, the Green Arch Restaurant is contributing apple pies, hair salons are dying blue and green school-color streaks, T-shirts are being printed and a spaghetti dinner benefit planned for Sunday is expected to draw hundreds.

Damon was injured during the third quarter of Westfield-Brocton's Sept. 13 against Portville. He died three days later.



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