Ashari Hughes Wiki, Biography
Ashari Hughes, a 16-year-old high school student from Las Vegas, died Thursday night, January 7, while playing football. In the middle of the game against Valley High School, she started having chest problems and went to the bench to rest, where she collapsed. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m.
Ashari Hughes attended Desert Oasis High School in Nevada, Las Vegas. Ian Salzman, the school principal, sent an email to her parents in which he wrote: “The staff began providing medical assistance immediately and continued until the paramedics arrived.”
Salzman later added: “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that the student has passed away. The school and the entire district mourn the loss of this young life.”
The Clark County Coroner’s Office, which is currently investigating the death of Ashari Hughes, has not yet released Ashari’s cause or manner of death.
However, a family member told a news outlet that Hughes was suffering from recurring heart problems and that she was also seeing a cardiologist. They said that previously, the doctor gave her clearance to participate in sports, although her parents were considering withdrawing it to re-examine her condition.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover Ashari’s funeral and memorial expenses. A goal of $50,000 has been set, of which $19,646 has been raised so far.
Ashari Hughes’ parents say soccer was the true love of her life
Ashari’s grieving parents, Twayne and Enttroda Hughes praised her deceased daughter as loving, passionate and determined. On their GoFundMe page, they wrote:
“She was passionate, caring and determined. She loved music, dancing and being around all the people she loved. She called soccer the true love of her life! She loved a lot and was loved by many.”
Ashari’s parents said that her 7 was her first soccer jersey number and that she always tried to represent it well. They added:
“Hold #7 up for her!”
Aphelia Phifer-Hill, the mother of one of Ashari’s teammates, posted on Facebook about Ashari’s death, saying she rushed to Ashari’s place to perform CPR on her. Aphelia wrote that Thursday was the first time in her 26 years as a nurse that she had to perform CPR on a child.
She added that everyone panicked when Ashari collapsed in the cold and rainy weather. Chest compressions and the use of an external defibrillator were attempted.
The post went on to say that Ashari’s family was not present at the game, but they eventually arrived on the scene while Ashari’s heart was still responding. But after being hospitalized and intubated, the teen eventually died. Aphelia finally said:
“She loves your children, you never know when death will come.”
Another parent, Joel Scharer, whose daughter Alyssa is in her junior year at school, said no one could have anticipated such a tragedy would occur since it wasn’t about football, just flag football. However, no one had any idea that a child would lose their life in such a way.
Marilyn Barnes, whose 15-year-old daughter Ajah was persuaded by Ashari Hughes to start playing flag football, said Ashari was a beast on the field. She put her whole heart into every game she played. Off the field, she was bubbly and always had a smile on her face.
“It’s very scary because at the end of the day, we think of sports as a sport. We all have plans about what happens after the game, taking the family home, having dinner, and getting the babies ready for school the next day. You just never think about that field or court that is their last moment.”
Dr. Jesus F. Jara, Clark County District Superintendent, issued a statement in which he said:
“The loss of this young life saddens us deeply, and our thoughts are with the students’ friends, family and loved ones.”
So far, 435 donations have been made to the Ashari Hughes GoFundMe page. Many of those who knew the 16-year-old commented that they remembered the last moments they spent with her or the last words she said to them about her.