Mother of GCCC football player who died on first day of practice demands answers from college

Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 10:11 PM CST
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Braeden Bradforth moved from New Jersey to Kansas to become part of the football team at Garden City Community College.

But after the first day of practice in August of 2018, he died.

His coach said doctors told him they believed a blood clot caused a heart attack. Autopsy results show it was heat stroke.

It's been six months since his death and his mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram still has questions. She wants to know what happened after Braeden left practice and went to his dorm room.

"I really need to know like what happened. What was his timeline? Because I know that I spoke to him twice. So, what happened after my second phone call," she said.

Atkins-Ingram says her son's death could have been prevented. She believes the school should have done more to help him.

GCCC conducted an internal review of the incident. It was completed Thursday morning and now goes to the school's attorney.

Jill Greene represents Atkins-Ingram. She says the college needs to do more.

"To demand that an independent investigation be conducted in terms of getting an outside source to conduct the investigation," said Greene.

The family has not filed a lawsuit yet but says it's not out of the question.

"If push comes to shove, and we have no other choice then we will move forward and we will file suit," said Atkins-Ingram.

She hopes to get answers and said no other family should ever have to face this type of loss.

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