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Just look at the picture above.  This is the image that should be in your mind when we talk about  Appalachian State students:  young, carefree, having the time of their life.

Not this.

The word tragedy gets thrown around WAYYY too easily. That being said, THIS is a true tragedy. A 19-year-old sophomore at App. St., Chad Dorrill died Monday night from complications due to Covid-19.

Dorrill was a basketball player and a graduate of Ledford High in Thomasville.

His family released the statement below.

“As our family suffers this incredible loss, we want to remind people to wear a mask and quarantine if you test positive even without symptoms. You have no idea who you can come in contact with that the virus affects differently. Chad was just incredibly tired for two weeks and little did we know it was secretly attacking his body in a way they have never seen before. The doctors said that Chad is the rarest 1-10,000,000 case but if it can happen to a super healthy 19-year-old boy who doesn’t smoke, vape, or do drugs, it can happen to anyone.”

Sometimes all you can do is pray.

19-year-old App State Student Dies from COVID-19

September 29, 2020 Appalachian State University sophomore exercise science major Chad Dorrill died of COVID-19. Dorrill was a 19-year-old basketball player and graduate of Ledford High School in Thomasville. "This awful disease has taken this young man from everyone far too soon," read a statement from the Piedmont Pacers in which Dorrill was an original member of.