Sun announce passing of popular linebacker

JT Fernandez dies suddenly; team says its game Saturday night will go on

The Okanagan Sun’s B.C. Football Conference game on Saturday night at the Apple Bowl will go on as planned, despite the untimely death of one of the Sun’s most popular players.

The Sun announced the passing of linebacker JT Fernandez on Thursday, a 21-year-old from Cloverdale, BC who was in his second season with the Sun.

“This is a tragic day for our organization,” said Sun president Paul Carson. “JT was a wonderful person and a standout on the football field. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

The organization did not elaborate only to say that details of Fernandez’s death will be released at the appropriate time.

In his two seasons with the Sun, Fernandez had made a name for himself as one of the best linebackers in Sun history. The Cloverdale native made 47 solo tackles, three sacks, two fumbles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and blocked two kicks.

The Sun game scheduled for Saturday night against the Westshore Rebels at the Apple Bowl will continue as planned at 7 p.m.  The players will be wearing special sticker on their helmets in memory of Fernandez.

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