Dalhart, Panhandle, Texas is grieving the death of Dalhart High School student Yahir Cancino, who played Thursday at a junior varsity game in Demeter, Texas Severe head injuries. Cancino was injured in the fourth quarter of the game against Sunset High and trainers and first responders were unable to resuscitate him, according to a statement from Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent Jeff Bird. Cancino was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, about 80 miles from the playing field.
Cancino’s mother, Araceli Hernandez, announced Friday on social media that he was dead.
“Thanks to the Dalhart community and the Texas Panhandle for all prayers, calls, texts and messages, but sadly Yasher passed away from his injuries,” Hernan Des said in a Facebook post. “We pray for peace and healing not only for us, but also for all who Yahir has come into contact with in his life. We chose to donate his organs because Yahir has always been dedicated to helping people, and we want to honor him.”
A candlelight vigil was held at Dalhart Memorial Stadium on Sunday night in honor of Cancino. Many of the participants made up the jersey number 22 on the field.
Hernandez said in a social media post Monday that Cansino’s body is scheduled to undergo surgery at 8 p.m. Central to resume his organ donation. She said Cansino will have an honorable walk when he is brought to the operating room.
School districts around the Texas Panhandle encouraged students to wear purple on Thursday in honor of Cansino. Dalhart High School’s school colors are purple and gold.