NJ high school quarterback died of massive internal bleeding, medical examiner says

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Monday, September 28, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- A New Jersey high school quarterback died of massive internal bleeding, the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.

Evan Murray, 17, died after being hurt during a game Friday. He was a star QB for Warren Hills Regional High School.

The medical examiner said the cause of death was "massive intra-abdominal hemorrhage due to laceration of the spleen."

The ME's office also said:

"During the examination, Dr. Suarez determined that the spleen was abnormally enlarged thus making it more susceptible to injury. There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The manner of death was accidental."

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A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen said the school community is "deeply saddened" by the death of Murray, a three-sport athlete who had been the football team's starting quarterback for three years.

Bowen said the school is assessing the football schedule to decide whether to make any changes.

Murray's wake will be held Wednesday at Safe Discovery Church in Washington Township. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at the church.

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