WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF 17-YEAR OLD, ELYSE PUREFOY.
A dance team member from Arabia Mountain High School collapses and died on Monday during a summer workout. The rising senior, Elyse Purefoy, was participating in summer training when she passed out while running on the school’s track. The 17-year-old was rushed to by First Responders to the Dekalb Medical Center, where doctors pronounced her dead. Despite speculations of malnourishment, the family described Elyse as ‘happy and healthy.’ Elyse’s brother, Malik Purefoy, believes there are two possibilities that could have caused his sister’s death.
“One was that it was severe dehydration,” he said. “Another one is that she had a heart problem.”
Elyse’s family and friends are now focused on the positive impact she made in such a short amount of time. The teen also served as the captain of the cheerleading squad and had a 3.9 grade point average.
“She was a beautiful spirit. We’re going to miss her,” said Hank Purefoy, Elyse’s father.
The Purefoy family have set up a GoFundMe for those willing to offer donations at this difficult time. To make a donation visit the link below: https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-elyse-purefoy