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9:52 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Counselors Available for Students After Lacrosse Player's Death

Counselors are available for students and staff at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton after the death of a student.

12-year old Tyler Kopp was playing lacrosse last week at Total Sports Experience in Gates when he was struck in the chest by a ball. That caused his heart to stop, and he collapsed on the floor.

An off-duty Rochester firefighter performed CPR until ambulance crews arrived. Kopp never regained consciousness, and officials at Strong say the boy died Tuesday at the hospital.

His father Brian released the following statement on behalf of the Kopp family:

On Feb. 7, 2012, Tyler Kopp's body died but his spirit lives on with his family, friends and the many communities who were touched by his wonderful life. Tyler had great sensitivity towards others, a fierce determination and a strong competitive fire. He was the iconic boy — loving sports, the outdoors, and playing with his friends. The Kopp family extends its deepest gratitude to those who kept Tyler in their thoughts and prayers and supported us during the past few days. We have been overwhelmed by your kindness.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St.

The Brighton Central School District says a youth oriented celebration of Tyler's life for the various school and sports communities affected by his passing will be held on Monday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Linehan Chapel on the campus of Nazareth College.

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