"It hurts me, I'm broken;" Family & friends remember 19-year-old after his sudden death

Family, friends, and a whole community is mourning the loss of a 19-year-old who dropped dead while playing basketball (Photo provided by family)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Family, friends, and a whole community is mourning the loss of a 19-year-old who suddenly passed away while playing basketball.

Demetrius Clark's brother is the last person to see him alive.

The brothers walked off the court to get water, and according to his mother, Demetrius fell to the ground; when the rescue crews got there, it was too late.

"All I could do was talk to God, ask God to help my son, bring my son back to me," said Subrina Clark.

Not even a day after it happened, friends and family say it's unreal to think he's gone.

"He was at my house all the time, if he wasn't at home he was with us, I'm gonna miss him he was just there yesterday," said Tami Stevens, a neighbor. "My son and him spent the morning together."

Demetrius, who was nicknamed "Meechie" graduated from Brookville High School just last year.

His mother says he loved his family, friends, and his track team.

"When all those people started coming in the hospital and were like "my brother gone" it was amazing, I never knew my son was this loved," Subrina said.

Mark Robertson, Meechie's cousin said he was actually more like his brother and he, along with dozens of others, won't know what to do without him.

"I loved him so much, and to find out that this happened, it hurts me, I'm broken," Robertson said. "It's going to take a while to recover from this."

Many of Meechie's friends and family showed up to a lot off Timberlake Road Tuesday as a response to a Facebook post where they released balloons in memory of Meechie.

The family said they don't know what caused his death.

The Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy and doctors said he either had a heart attack or suffered a brain aneurysm.

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