HERRIMAN, UT (KSL) Football stadiums always feel a little emptier during the off-season.
The field outside Utah’s Herriman High School feels emptier than normal, but Celestia Muai had to come here.
“A lot of people loved my boy. He was a good boy,” said Muai.
The gridiron is where Muai says her son would have been a star.
She was looking forward to watching her son play football on Friday nights for Herriman High School. Instead, she’s planning his funeral.
Muai says her son Tua, 12, was playing a dangerous game this past weekend with some friends at his South Jordan home called the “fainting game.”
It involves choking yourself or a friend to the point of passing out to give some type of rush. It cost Tua his life.
This death is also tough for the Herriman community. Tua’s football coach says this is the eighth death of a student in the area this school year.
“I just don’t want to see it again because this honestly stings,” said Bryan Ellison. “There is no manual on this. I wish there was. Tua was the greatest kid ever. We had a team meeting after we heard he died and the words that kept coming up to describe him were courageous and strong. He’s going to be missed.”