MILLINGTON, TN (abc24.com) - Family and friends said farewell to the Millington Central High School football player who died during practice last week.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Dana Payne at First Baptist Church in Millington. The 15-year-old was buried at the Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery.
The sophomore student died on August 21 after a hard tackle at football practice. According to the police report, Payne was tackled by a single player and took a hit to the middle of his body. The coach noticed Payne didn't get up, remained in the kneeling position, and was struggling to breathe. The report says Payne had asthma but had not complained about it before or during practice.
There is a fund set up in Payne's honor. You can donate to the Dana Payne Fund at any First Tennessee Bank or First South Credit Union.