The grieving mother and father of the New Jersey highschool soccer participant who died after suffering an apparent head injury expressed remorse over lacking what wound up being their son’s final recreation.
Xavier McClain, a 15-year-old sophomore and standout soccer participant at Linden Excessive Faculty, spent almost two weeks in a coma after he was brutally hit returning a second half kick-off towards Woodbridge on Sept. 9. He succumbed to his accidents on Wednesday.
“We’ve by no means missed a recreation, however this one we missed,” Xavier’s mom, Lisa McClain told WABC on Friday.
“And I’ve acquired to reside with that. I wasn’t at that recreation. I’ll need to reside with that,” lamented the boy’s father, Norm McClain.
Norm McClain had coached his son since he was simply 5 years outdated, and watched him develop into the promising younger participant he had grow to be, in response to WABC.
Xavier was certainly one of solely a choose few sophomores who earned a beginning time on the varsity’s varsity squad, and even pushed his manner into varsity snaps as a freshman.
“I’m simply going to attempt to put my spouse again collectively and I simply hope this don’t occur to no different children taking part in ball,” the bereaved father mentioned.
Xavier’s mom mentioned that “it’s not truthful that I’m burying my son.”
“That boy was liked. He was in each sport, social, vivid, gifted and gifted. And I’m by no means going to see him graduate highschool,” she added.