Ngon Bui was at work last Friday night when he got a phone call telling him to rush to the hospital.
His son, Kenney, was seriously injured while making a tackle for Evergreen High in Washington.
Bui arrived at the hospital with a traumatic brain injury and went for surgery, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He was transferred to the intensive care unit and was on a ventilator. He remained in critical condition.
Monday, the 17-year-old died.
Bui, a senior defensive back, became the fourth high school football player to die in a span of four weeks around the country.
With the pain his family is experiencing, Ngon Bui sent a message – or perhaps even warning – to the parents of other football players.
“I love my son. And I don’t want nothing to happen to all the kids. And a parent to have to worry,” he said, according to KIRO-TV. “I go to work and my kid gets hurt. I don’t want nothing to happen to all the kids in the United States.”
The Bui family expressed gratitude for all the support they have received, but there was no hiding their grief.
“I love him so much,” Bui’s father said through tears. “I don’t want to lose him, but right now I already lost him.”
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