Marc Tarabocchia, a 20-year-old junior college football player at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, passed away suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, September 2.
Tarabocchia, an accounting major from Ramsey, New Jersey, was a member of the Stonehill football team’s offensive line unit over the last three seasons.
Eli Gardner, head football coach at Stonehill, said the following about Tarabocchia’s passing: “I would like to send my deepest sympathies and prayers to Marc’s family. I will remember Marc as a caring and smart individual, and good friend to all within the football program here at Stonehill.”
At this time, no cause of death for Tarabocchia has been given.
New Milford Football’s thoughts and prayers go out today to Ramsey Football, Stonehill College Football, and friends and family of Marc Tarabocchia upon his passing… https://t.co/97mDnxonZt
— New Milford Football (@NMfootball) October 2, 2018
A prayer service was held for Tarabocchia at the Chapel of Mary on the Stonehill campus on Tuesday, October 3.
Tarabocchia’s death is just the latest unfortunate passing of a youth football player in recent years.
Over the course of the last few years, dozens of youth football players have died during or immediately after practice, such as Jordan McNair of the University of Maryland, 18-year-old Darius Minor, 19-year-old Robert Grays of Midwestern State, Nick Blakely at Stetson University, Dylan Thomas of Pike County High School in Georgia, and many more.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tarabocchia’s family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.