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Haughton High School announces death of senior defensive lineman

Christian Smith, a senior defensive lineman at Haughton High School, died suddenly on Monday,...
Christian Smith, a senior defensive lineman at Haughton High School, died suddenly on Monday, Sept. 14, 2021, the school announced on Facebook.(Haughton High School)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:09 AM CDT
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HAUGHTON, La. (KSLA) - Officials with Haughton High School announced the death of one of their students Tuesday, Sept. 14.

In a post made Tuesday morning, the Haughton High School football team said senior defensive lineman Christian Smith died suddenly Monday night.

“Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time,” the post reads.

No other information was provided about the nature of the student’s death.

Haughton High’s Head Coach Jason Brotherton said the upcoming homecoming game won’t feel the same without Smith.

“You can always put another person in there to play, but you can’t replace that big 400-pound guy. Cause he was a big kid sitting in locker 59,” he said.

Brotherton said Smith was an asset both on and off of the field.

“If I could describe him, he was a man of few words but many smiles. He didn’t talk a lot but he was always smiling” Brotherton said.

Haughton Principal David Haynie said the sudden loss impacts the whole Haughton High community.

“We has a crisis counseling team arrive on campus, to join our regular counselors, and met with students,” he said.

Haynie said students are coming up with plans to honor Smith in the upcoming days.

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