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11/12/2013 10:41:00 AM
Hopi High football player dies after playoff game injury
Memorial service scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Hopi High auditorium
Charles Youvella passed away Monday after he suffered a brain injury Nov. 9 during a football state playoff game. Photo/NHO
Charles Youvella passed away Monday after he suffered a brain injury Nov. 9 during a football state playoff game. Photo/NHO
Katherine Locke
Reporter

KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. - (UPDATED) 3 p.m. A memorial service for Hopi High School Bruin football player, Charles Youvella, who passed away Monday night after he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game, takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Hopi High School in the auditorium.

The memorial service is open to the public. First Mesa Village, where Youvella is from, is sponsoring the memorial.

Youvella was injured during Hopi High's Division V first round playoff game 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran Nov. 9.

Youevlla's uncle, Ivan Sidney, said students and staff at Hopi High School are struggling with the news of Youvella's death.

"It's a sad day," Sidney said. "We are very grateful for the interest and that is why we put the memorial together."

He said the service is a way to remind the students that their lives need to go on and they need to continue school and lead healthy, happy lives.

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Principal Glen Gilman said that Youvella attended the school for the last six years and he will be missed.

"The Hopi Jr./Sr. High School students and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Charles Youvella on Nov. 11."

Gilman also said that he has known Youvella for the last 15 years.

"I feel a deep sense of loss for Charles and his family, who have endured a lot of loss over time. My condolences and empathy goes out to them."

A memorial bank account has been set up at Bank of America under Charles Youvella's name to help his family. People can also send contributions directly to Hopi High.





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