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Police: Log in fatal high school mishap weighed 400 pounds

August 11, 2017
Associated Press

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the log that killed a Long Island high school football player weighed about 400 pounds (181 kilograms).

Joshua Mileto was killed when the 10-foot (3-meter) log he and other teammates at Sachem (SAY'-chehm) East High School were carrying during a training exercise struck him in the head.

The accident happened Thursday during a preseason conditioning camp at the school.

A funeral Mass for the 16-year-old 11th grader will be held Tuesday.

A fundraising effort for the Mileto family was getting an overwhelming community response.

A GoFundMe page set up by friends in the Farmingville community had raised over $40,000 by Friday afternoon.

A spokeswoman says the high school plans to go ahead with the start of football preseason training on Monday.



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