A metro Atlanta community is mourning a local student who died after collapsing on the track during summer workouts Monday morning.
Elyse Purefoy, a rising senior and member of the dance team at Arabia Mountain High School in Stonecrest, Georgia, was participating in summer training when she passed out while running on the track, her father told Atlanta station WSB-TV.
The 17-year-old was rushed to DeKalb Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
“Elyse was very determined, hardworking,” Hank Purefoy said of his beloved daughter. “She was a 3.9 [GPA] student; she had all the accolades. She worked very hard this year. She outworked everybody.”
Purefoy’s family and friend’s described her as a happy and healthy teen, making her death all that harder to understand.
“She was a beautiful spirit,” the grieving dad added. “We’re gonna miss her
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