All-City soccer player, Shane Thomas, died last weekend while training with his team.
The 17-year-old, who was a student at Palisades High School died on a day when temperatures reached 111 degrees in Southern California.
Thomas was found dead by teammates at Ayala Park on Saturday after leaving to return items to his coach’s car.
According to the Los Angeles Times, efforts were made to revive unresponsive Thomas after emergency services administered CPR.
KCBS reported that temperatures in the area peaked at 111 degrees on Saturday, and investigators believe Thomas’ death may have been heat-related. It’s only autopsy that can reveal the cause of death.
Tribute to Shane Thomas
Thomas’ sister, Cheyenne Thomas, in a heartfelt tribute to her brother on social media described him as his best friend.
“Today, God took my soul from me, my best friend. I’m numb inside. You didn’t deserve this, but you passed right after doing what you love, playing the beautiful game. I’ve never met someone so genuine, focused, receptive, responsible, loving. You were perfect, I couldn’t have asked for a better brother. My only brother, my other half.”
“I will carry you with me forever. I know you’ll watch over mom, dad, and I,” Cheyenne continued. “I hope you’re in paradise right now ballin’ – with a ball right next to you on the plushest pitch. I can’t wait to meet you there. I’ll love you forever Shane.”
View this post on Instagram
Shane, brother, we were attached at the hip when you weren’t on the field. I would say I knew you best, but after reading the hundreds of messages from soccer organizations, parents, teammates, coaches, friends, family, I had no idea I was living with a legend. The amount of sincere gratitude, admiration, and love people have expressed for you brings me the greatest joy, and makes me the proudest sister in the world. Your character and integrity on and off the field is unmatched. You told people how much you looked up to me, but the truth is, I looked up to you too. You left your mark on countless hearts. You brought out the best in people. We will continue to honor you✨ To everyone who has shared their respects and condolences, thank you. To everyone who has contributed to the gofundme page, thank you. My family has been in tears from the constant outpour of love and support. We can’t thank you enough💙 I know that so many want to know when and where Shane’s service or memorial will be. As soon as those details are confirmed, we will of course share. Again, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts🙏🏽
Therefore, a GoFundMe has been set up by the family to raise funds for his funeral costs. So far over $36,600 as of Wednesday afternoon.
A teacher, Deborah Galambos described Thomas as one of the nicest third graders she has had the privilege to teach.
“He was a truly kindhearted, sweet, caring, and considerate child. I know with the continued support of his dad and the rest of his family he must have grown into a fine young man.,” she wrote on the page.
“A kind soul with an infectious smile. Shane, you will be deeply missed,” added another donor.
Times reported that Thomas scored 19 goals last season and was set to be a team captain this year.
“I know he was training, doing what he loves best. He was really excited for this season,” Palisades coach Marvin Lemus said.
In an appreciation post on Instagram, Cheyenne thanked those who had sent the family condolences and anyone who had donated to their GoFundMe.
“Shane, my little brother, we were attached at the hip when you weren’t on the field,” she wrote. “I would say I knew you best, but after reading the hundreds of messages from soccer organizations, parents, teammates, coaches, friends, family, I had no idea I was living with a legend.
“To everyone who has shared their respects and condolences, thank you. To everyone who has contributed to the GoFundMe page, thank you,” she continued. “My family has been in tears from the constant outpour of love and support. We can’t thank you enough.”