A Kansas highschool sports activities photographer has died after she was by accident hit by soccer gamers on the sidelines of a sport and suffered a concussion.
Linda Gregory, 69, died Friday, 4 days after she fell and hit her head on concrete whereas photographing a junior varsity sport between Wichita Northwest Excessive Faculty and Bishop Carroll Excessive on Sept. 4, her husband Mel Gregory introduced on Fb.
Linda Gregory was a longtime supporter and photographer for Wichita Northwest Excessive Faculty, the varsity mentioned in a Fb tribute.
Whereas snapping pictures of the match up, she was “bumped into” when gamers fell out of bounds, Wichita Northwest’s soccer workforce coach Steve Martin mentioned in a Fb submit.
“Linda hit her head on the concrete apron of the monitor and was taken into statement to an area hospital. Because the night went on her circumstances have gotten worse,” Martin mentioned.
Her husband, who shared a pictures enterprise with Linda, shared updates on Fb stating that she was within the ICU, suffered mind bleeding, and later positioned on life help.
In a submit Wednesday, he wrote that Linda was surrounded by her youngsters, household buddies and colleagues. He introduced her passing simply two days later.
Friday night, Mel Gregory and his household attended the Northwest Excessive Faculty soccer sport the place Linda was honored for her dedication to the varsity and “her boys,” as she fondly known as the athletes.
“So far as Linda’s passing. It was peaceable and as she wished took little time,” Mel Gregory wrote on Fb. “We had a household honor ceremony in her room and he or she will probably be transported tonight to Kansas Metropolis for the required preparation for donation. Sadly, a few of her organs weren’t able to being harvested however they’ll nonetheless be a lot for serving to others to reside.”
He shared his gratitude for the outpouring of help to his household.
“I would like you to know that Linda would have been shocked and overwhelmed by the help and publicity of her tragic loss of life. We are attempting to arrange a basis to fund a scholarship for potential photographers and can maintain you posted,” he wrote.
“I additionally need you to know that she would need you to position no blame on anyone, colleges, sports activities, or gamers for her accident. I do know that the gamers are traumatized and on her behalf, I wish to present them help,” he continued. “Having mentioned that I’ll finish with what Linda would say tonight: Go Grizzlies!!!”
The highschool honored Linda’s legacy by having a second of silence for her on the Friday sport the place gamers wore Linda’s initials “LG” on their helmets.
“Linda’s sideline presence and fixed help of our college students will probably be sorely missed at Northwest Highschool,” the varsity mentioned.
Tributes poured in on social media for Linda, remembering her as a gracious soul keen about pictures.
New York Jets working again Breece Corridor, an alum of Wichita Northwest Excessive, requested for prayers on Tuesday.
“These are probably the most real, well mannered, variety, giving, complete hearted folks. Prayers out to you and your fantastic spouse Mel Gregory,” he wrote on Fb.
Household-friend Joanna Chadwick informed NBC affiliate KSN of Wichita Linda and Mel had been like a 3rd set of grandparents to her sons.
“Frankly, I feel all of us have to have a Linda in us. All of us must be that person who does one thing good for nothing in return,” Chadwick mentioned.
The highschool soccer coach Martin wrote on Fb to Mel: ” I wished to let our boys that didn’t know Linda that lengthy how a lot Linda and also you meant to our program and my household! She’s going to reside without end on this program! We’ll honor her everytime we step foot on that discipline!”