Inman Student Drops Dead

Another student athlete drops dead while doing what he loves the most.

Investigators are looking into the death of a Chapman High School football player who collapsed while playing basketball with friends on Friday.  Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office investigator Randy Bogan said Raymond Leon Robinson Jr., of Timberlake View Circle, Inman, collapsed about 7 p.m. after playing basketball at a home on East Main Street in Inman.

A woman told a sheriff’s deputy that she called 911 after Raymond collapsed. Although unconscious, he was breathing at first, but then stopped breathing. The woman conducted CPR on the teen until Spartanburg County EMS arrived.

Raymond was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he later died, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.  An autopsy and toxicology test results are pending, Bogan said.

Raymond, a rising senior, was a starting offensive lineman for the Chapman High Panthers, coach Kevin Farmer said. Raymond was very dedicated to the team, never missing practice or a workout, and always upbeat. “He was probably the most well-liked kid on the team,” Farmer said. “He brightened the room when he walked in.” Not only popular among his teammates, Raymond was well-liked by the rest of the student body and faculty and staff at Chapman High. “He was a great kid, one of my all-time favorite students,” Farmer said.

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