COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Collinsville High School freshman died this morning after he fell down a staircase at the school Monday afternoon.

Tray Turner (Facebook photo)

Tray Turner (Facebook photo)

Dr. Robert Green, superintendent of the Collinsville School District, said in a video statement, “Due to the severity of the injury, we asked the police department, Collinsville Police Department, to immediately step in and investigate because we weren’t sure if we were dealing with an accident or a fight or whatever, and we wanted to make sure that professionals were investigating it.”

Green has said police have told school officials that what happened was a “tragic accident,” the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The district’s Help and Response Team (H.A.R.T.) of specially trained staff is helping students and faculty deal with the death of Tray Turner.

Today’s homecoming parade is cancelled as a result of the death, but Dr. Green says the homecoming football game and dance will go on this weekend as planned.

Turner’s parents asked that the following message be shared:

“We want you to know that we so greatly appreciate the prayers of support you have all provided this week. We ask that you continue to come together, united in focusing positive thoughts and prayers. This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., Tray earned his angel wings. We ask that you all continue to honor Tray’s life by coming together in love.”

Dr. Kari Karidis, Assistant Principal at Collinsville High School, added, “Please continue to keep this family in your prayers in the next several weeks. We will honor Tray’s life at tomorrow night’s football game where we will be collecting donations for continued support at this difficult time.”

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