Youth football: Marco Charter Middle game against SFCA canceled after lightning tragedy

Thursday’s game between Marco Island Charter Middle School and Southwest Florida Christian has been canceled.

The cancellation follows the death of Jesse Watlington, 11, on Sunday after he was struck by lightning at a middle school football practice. The incident occurred on Wednesday. Watlington spent four days in the intensive care unit, but never regained consciousness. The boy’s parents decided to take Jesse off life support after neurological tests revealed that the child was brain dead. Plans are being made for a Thursday memorial service.

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