Bolingbrook teen collapses and dies during basketball game

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A devastated community in the far southwest suburbs is grieving 24 hours after suddenly losing a tee. His dream was to play basketball for the NBA and he spent his life on the court. Ironically, that is also where he died. The 8th grader’s heart failed him-without warning.

The coroner says Dramon Ratcliff of Bolingbrook had a previously undiagnosed heart condition He was just 14-years-old when he died during basketball practice Wednesday night.

Dray was a student at John F Kennedy Middle School in Plainfield. His sudden death has rattled his friends and family and the community of people he knew.

Dray's mother is devastated by her son's death. She told District 202 that her son, the honor roll student, loved attending JFK middle school and he knew he was loved by everyone there. He's described as polite and well-liked by students and his teachers.

He may have died doing what he loved, but that is little consolation to those who will miss him so much. They say his bright smile, his love of basketball and his mismatched socks were his trademark.

Today, students at his school signed a bright yellow poster for Dray’s family and in his honor, they wore socks that didn’t match, too.

The tragedy has already brought them closer together.  They say remembering Dray and all that he was is now their mission in their last year of school together.

 

 

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2 comments

  • JD Kean

    Maybe it is time they start doing EKG’s and or stress tests on the heart as part of a physical for playing competitive sports in schools. I see these stories at least once or twice a year.

  • Enaam

    What was the heart condition? And what are the symptoms? This tragedy could help educate us so that we don’t lose another child.