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High school football team photographer dies after players collide with her during a game

Stewart Perrie

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High school football team photographer dies after players collide with her during a game

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Linda Gregory Photography. KWCH

A longtime photographer has been tragically killed after she was hit by footballers who crashed into her during a game.

Linda Gregory was well known photographer in Wichita in the US state of Kansas.

Earlier this month, she was shooting pictures at a junior varsity high school football game between Wichita Northwest High School and Bishop Carroll High School.


The Daily Mail says two players were involved in a block that ended up coming out of bounds.

They reportedly knocked her over and Linda hit her head on the concrete apron of the track.

She was rushed to hospital and was placed on life support.


Her husband Mel wrote on Facebook: "Linda is still unresponsive and was given tests for her brain being alive.

"There still is some activity but the Doctor (Neurosurgeon) has advised us that it might not be long until she passes completely.

"She is still in ICU and she did not respond to stimuli by the doctor. She will remain on the machines.


"She had requested a do-not-resuscitate order and the family will conform to her wishes even though eternal hope is still strong."

The New York Post said she spent about a week in intensive care, however this was to allow her organs to be prepared for donation.

She tragically died in hospital and there has been an outpouring of love and support.

Mel penned a heartbreaking tribute to his beloved wife.


"I would ask only that you try to emulate her goodness and love everyone and do away with hate, prejudice, unequal treatment, and sexism," he said.

"She will have done her appointed job in her life if she converts everyone to see the gentleness of others and their struggles in life.


"She was the soul of our marriage and I will have to learn many things to continue my journey and she will be in my mind to guide me as I try to run my home without her.

"I did not say it enough to her but in the last several years, I was able to say the words, 'I love you' more often even if I had been silent, she knew.

"A woman like Linda comes around somewhat infrequently and I was so damned lucky to have had her love me."

The Wichita Northwest High School honored Linda by wearing her initials on their helmets during a recent game, which also held a minute's silence for her.

Mel and Linda ran their photography business together and had been photographing sports at Northwest High since 2014.

Topics: News, US News, Sport

Stewart Perrie
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