By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The authorities have determined that Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets signee Bryce Gowdy died in a suicide attempt. He passed away early Monday morning.
Gowdy was hit around 4 am in Deerfield Beach, Florida by a freight train. According to NBC News, he was under pressure, his uncle said.
Thomas Gowdy, his uncle, told NBC News that Gowdy was serving as the head of the household. His also said that he was taking care of his mother and two brothers.
“There was neglect from one side [of the family] and too much responsibility from the other side,” Gowdy said.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reporting that he struggled with his decision to leave his family. He had an opportunity for shelter and food on a regular basis at Georgia Tech.
Yet, his family was homeless and staying in a hotel, the paper is reporting.
“You could never see this coming, no matter how much you know the person,” Gowdy said.
The 17-year-old Gowdy was expected to enroll at Georgia Tech this month. This meant he was going to move to Atlanta, Georgia and leave his family behind in Florida.
“He was a smart kid, who was ahead of his time,” Gowdy said. “He was observant, because he loved to learn just like he loved to read. He was taught to be kind and humble.”
Despite his passing, Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins said that he will always be a part of the Yellow Jackets family.
“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future,” Collins said. “He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. On behalf of our coaches, players, staff and families, we offer our deepest condolences to Bryce’s mother, Shibbon, and his brothers, Brisai and Brayden, as well as the rest of his family members, his teammates, and coaches at Deerfield Beach High School, and his many friends.”
Here is the GoFundMe link. As of this post, it has $98,319, surpassing its goal of $50,000.