New Kent High and the surrounding community is coming to grips today with the sudden death of sophomore linebacker Jacob Vick during the Trojans varsity football practice on Tuesday. The cause of death is unknown.

New Kent schools superintendant Dr. Rick Richardson commented on the school's and community's tragic loss in a press conference earlier today. His prepared statement follows.

"On behalf of the New Kent School Board and school community, may I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of our New Kent student. We can only imagine the extent of the grief they are experiencing through this very tragic loss.

 "Out of deep respect for the family's privacy, and consistent with their request, I will have no further comments nor will I answer any questions at this time. 

"I am, however, asking for your full cooperation in respecting the family's wishes by withholding any questions or interview requests for the family, as well as any questions directed towards our students or staff.

 "Thank you in advance for granting the respect due this family's request for privacy."

New Kent coach Dan Rounds said Tuesday night Vick collapsed at practice that afternoon. He was taken by helicopter to a Richmond hospital, where he died.

Vick was a 15-year-old starting linebacker for the Trojans, who are slated to play at Bruton on Friday.