DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) - A standout high school football player, struck by a train in Deerfield Beach, took his own life.
CNN reports the Broward County Medical Examiner ruled the death of 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy as a suicide. The cause of death is listed as blunt force injuries.
Gowdy was struck and killed by a train on Monday. The wide receiver finished high school early to join the Georgia Tech football team this month.
A tearful post on social media by Shibbon Winelle, Gowdy's mother, and later shared by Footballville Nation on YouTube, may provide some insight into what happened the night of his death. They were living on the streets again but found a hotel for that night. Winelle said Bryce was happy and talking about his future. But she said he was also talking crazy in the days before his death, that he could see the world for what it really was and people for who they really were.
"I could feel the pain in his soul and it was breaking my heart," she sobbed.
In the video, Bryce's mother said she asked him to go downstairs to get her favorite blanket from the car. She said that's the last time she ever saw him. After 20 minutes she went to check on him and didn't see him. She went back to the hotel and noticed he had left his shoes, wallet and phone in the room. She told her other son to go out and look for him. He didn't find him but assured his mom he'd be okay. Winelle said she cried herself to sleep that night and woke up to a report of someone getting hit by a train.
If you know of someone who may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Friends set up a gofundme page to help with expenses.
According to our news partner, the Sun Sentinel, there will be a candlelight vigil for Bryce at Deerfield Beach Football stadium on Thursday. His funeral is set for Jan. 11 at the school's auditorium.