Tribute Paid to Kansas High School Football Photographer Who Died After Accidental Hit on Sidelines
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas high school football team paid tribute to their longtime photographer following her death Friday, four days after an accidental hit on the sidelines of a junior varsity game she was photographing.
Linda Gregory died a few hours before Friday's game, her husband Mel Gregory announced on Facebook.
The 69-year-old woman had fallen backward and struck her head on concrete while taking pictures Sept. 4 at the junior varsity matchup between Wichita Northwest High School and rival Bishop Carroll High. Critically injured, she had been on life support all week waiting to donate her organs ever since the inadvertent hit during a blocking play by two players.
Mel Gregory, who owned a local photography business with his wife and was her photography partner, joined several other family members at Northwest's game against Heights High School on Friday just as the couple had done for years, the Wichita Eagle reported. All the players wore LG stickers on their helmets that will be there all season, and there was a moment of silence in her honor before kickoff.