Dek (Edwin) Miller was 16 years old. The cause of death is currently unknown. His collapse at football practice may have been initiated by the heat and dehydration. Drug use is not being suspected.
An autopsy has been requested by the family. Dek collapsed while running sprints on Thursday, July 2nd as part of a pre-season football conditioning session. Dek had sat out last year as a result of an injury.
“As far as the practice is concerned, if that’s what led to his demise, we’d like to know,” said Miller’s uncle Alston Nah. “If there was somebody at the hospital who didn’t do their job, we’d like to know. We just want answers in order to have closure.”
Northwest football parents are in the process of organizing a candlelight vigil at the school. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Montgomery Village.
The name Dek is short for Dekonti, a Liberian name. It means “there is a time for everything.” And maybe this was Dek’s time.