The Quince Orchard High School community is mourning the death of senior football star Tyler Terry.
Terry, a two-way standout at the Gaithersburg school, died Sunday at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., nearly two weeks after being hospitalized with a heart condition. He was 17.
“For those of you who knew Tyler, we ask that you remember and celebrate his passion for football, his love of his family and friends, and his great big infectious smile,” Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working wrote in a letter addressed to the Quince Orchard High School Community. “For those of you who did not know him, we ask that you support Tyler’s friends and family during this time of loss.”
The love and support for Terry and his family on social media has been nothing short of tremendous.
“Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the QO community especially Tyler’s teammates, coaches, friends and family,” Quince Orchard Athletics posted on Twitter. “We love you Tyler and you will forever be in our hearts.”
The Quince Orchard community also received support on Twitter from opposing coaches and programs throughout Montgomery County including Gaithersburg, Georgetown Prep, Good Counsel, Northwest, Damascus, Kennedy, Paint Branch, Clarksburg and Poolesville.
Rapper Wale, a former Quince Orchard football player, also showed his support via Twitter by posting the message: “God Bless Tyler Terry … FlyHigh #6Strong”
As a linebacker and tight end last season, Terry helped lead Quince Orchard to a 13-2 record and a second straight appearance in the Maryland 4A state championship game. He signed a National Letter of Intent with Monmouth in December and was expected to join the program as a linebacker and major in accounting at the New Jersey school.
“The thoughts and prayers of the Monmouth Football Family go out to the Terry Family during this very difficult time,” Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan said in a statement. “Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel for their loss. We are proud to say that Tyler will always be a Monmouth Hawk.”