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Standout Detroit Catholic Central football player dies in his sleep

Sophomore David Widzinski (#33) died in his sleep. / Detroit Free Press

The Detroit (Mich.) Catholic Central High School community is in mourning after the death of a standout football player.

Sophomore David Widzinski died in his sleep sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, Catholic Central Principal John Huber writes in an announcement posted on the school's Web site.

"Our entire community stands with David's parents, Paul and Barbara, his sister Emily and his brother Stephen," Huber said. "Their pain is our pain: we are all one family. At this time we have no idea what the cause of David's death is."

Widzinski, the Shamrock's number 33 linebacker and running back, was at Ford Field Nov. 26 for Catholic Central's 36-21 loss to Cass Tech for the Division 1 title.

The school is holding a prayer mass at 8 a.m. today for students and expects to have counselors in each of his classes. The football players will also be meeting as a group with counselors and school staff later today. Funeral arrangements are pending.

It's the second tragedy in a year for the school. Tanner Cipriano, whose brother is accused of bludgeoning his father to death and attacking his mother and another brother, is also a student at the school. Tucker Cipriano and a friend are accused of using baseball bats to kill Robert Cipriano, 52, and injure Rose Cipriano and Salvatore Cipriano on April 16.

"The hearts of our CC community have been tugged in several different and painful directions over this past year," Huber wrote. "We are confident in the prayers, love and support of the greater community, as we have already experienced over this past year."



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