PHILADELPHIA – A traumatic week for the Pleasantville, New Jersey community turned tragic on Wednesday when it was revealed that 10-year-old boy Mika Tennant, who was shot in the neck during Friday night's playoff game against Camden, has died.
"We found out about this this morning," Pleasantville player and runner Ernest Howard, who wore No. 10 in Tennant's honor, told ESPN after the game resumed at Lincoln Finance. "Our coach told us. He brought us into the audience. It's just sad, crazy, angry, a lot of things go through our minds. We have a game to win that day. It was a lot to take that day."
a dark background, the teams completed their game at the Philadelphia Eagles Stadium. After the shooting, the eagles entered and offered their home gear when they learned that Pleasantville and Camden were looking for a neutral object.
The Eagles provided them with treatment for the red carpet. They sent buses with buses to pick up teams and take them to the stadium. When players arrived, they entered the locker rooms to find personalized locker plates.
About a dozen members of the Eagles, including Carson Wentz, Malcolm Jenkins, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox greeted the pregame players. This was followed by an NFL-style entrance filled with smoke machines lining the tunnel entrance as players ran to AC / DC "For Those Who Will Rock".
"It was really an honor for us to host the two schools today," said Eagles President Don Smolensky. "Hopefully, this can be something they remember in a positive way, moving forward in their lives. "
As Pleasantville coach Chris Sako added," these kids need something to be lifted for them. "
Teams gathered in the middle before resuming the game in a moment of silence for Tennant, as the public speaker address says: "We join Mika's family to demonstrate that the acts of us or they don't make money. "
Tennant's mother, Angela Tennant, admired him in a Facebook post using his nickname" Rosa "
" This kid was so different Big personality … Big smile and big dreams! " "In a million years, I would never have thought it would be my life. I'm happy that my mom raised me the way she did. Only by Gods Grace & Mercy am I tall for my boy! Dew will never let anyone forget you just as you always sweat, so I will continue. My Jody I love you forever. "
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy mourns the boy's death on Wednesday in a Twitter post.
" No child deserves to have their promising life cut short, especially by indiscriminate and senseless gun violence, "the governor said." " No parent deserves to bury their child. We will keep Rowe's memory close and remember his name as we continue to work to make New Jersey safer for all our families. & # 39; & # 39;
Wentz discussed the shooting during a press conference several hours before Wednesday's game.
"A very difficult situation. It is a tragedy in itself," Wentz told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. "It's really unfortunate that it happened in a public setting, the way it made it to a football game. The lights on Friday night. It's something the kids just dream of playing. It's something I will honor by the end of playing life Friday night
Charges against suspected militant have been upgraded to murder, he also faces two counts of attempted murder and weapons charges. The other two were injured in the shooting; a 27-year-old man was shot and A 15-year-old boy is fed up. Six men have been indicted, incl.
There were about 17 minutes left on Friday when rifles exploded and the game was stopped at the Pleasantville Stadium near Atlantic City.
Wednesday's game, won by Camden 22-0, was not open to the public Part of the lower bowl on each side of the stadium was filled with select family and friends, and on Camden's side, the school band played everywhere as cheerleaders chanted and the mascot ran along the sideline. Pleasantville's country of mourning was much more muted.
"It's definitely hard to accept that we took this loss today, but it's more important because we came out here and still fought and gave our heart to Mick at that awesome stage that the Eagles offered us," said Howard.