Students and faculty at Claiborne Parish's Homer High School
are mourning the loss of a fellow student who died unexpectedly Thursday
afternoon while at school.
Claiborne Parish School Superintendent Dr. Janice Williams
told KSLA News 12 that 11th Grade Student Gekobe Hunter died after playing in a
pick-up game of basketball.
Williams said Gekobe had just started playing when he
collapsed while running on the court. When the ambulance arrived, she said Gekobe
was awake. However, Williams said he died a short time later at Homer Memorial
The Claiborne Parish School Board released a short note on
Gekobe's passing. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our fallen
student and we will do all that we can to ensure that our compassion and our
hearts are in the right place. Extra counselors will be available for our
students and faculty."
Williams remembers Gekobe as being close with his teacher,
full of energy and outgoing. He was also very active with the Future Business
Leaders of America. Andrew Ducote, the state advisor for the organization, said
Gekobe was the 2013-2014 District 1 Vice President.
This morning, Homer Mayor Alecia Smith posted the following
message on her Facebook page: "There are
things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to
know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal. It's a sad devastating day for so
many citizens in Homer. The Homer High Basketball team and Homer High FBLA have
lost a great, great Student. Gekobe assisted me with the back to school drive
just last week. Such a nice, jovial and respectful young man. May God bless the
Hunter and Randle family in their time of sudden bereavement."
An autopsy will be done to determine what caused Gekobe's