“Seventeen years is not nearly long enough, but it’s all he was given. It is very easy to focus on what we lost, but the true measure of a life is in the impact it makes on our world, not on the time he was with us,” the post read in part.
A team captain, the linebacker and running back was airlifted to El Paso after collapsing during the Knights’ game at Deming on August 26. He spent three weeks in the ICU in a medically-induced coma with a brain bruise, and doctors made multiple attempts to reduce brain swelling, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. It remains unclear what may have caused Romero to collapse.
Romero’s condition worsened last weekend and his friends and teammates were allowed to visit him in the hospital Sept. 10. Multiple fundraisers for Romero and his family have raised over $15,000, including a car wash held by all four Las Cruces high schools. Romero was crowned Organ Mountain homecoming king on Thursday night.
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“The outpouring of love, support, and prayers from the Las Cruces community, surrounding areas, and even from states away has been nothing short of magical,” the post stated. “The knowledge that Abe has been the center of it all has carried his immediate family and the OMHS football team through these last weeks.”
His family says he was an inspiration in his community. “He was an outstanding kid. Very social. Very happy person. He was just loved,” said a family member speaking on behalf of the Romero family.
There has been wide spread support for the football player and his family. In the past weeks, people across New Mexico have come together to support Abraham Romero and his family.
There is a GoFundMe set up to help the Romero family, which can be found here. The Organ Mountain Booster Club has also asked donors to CashApp his mother at $elizabtro, so that the funds can go directly to the family. 8509 are the last four digits of the phone number.
“On behalf of Abe’s immediate family and the OMHS football family, thank you for the care and support that you have shown. We will share information about memorial services once it has been finalized,” the booster club’s post read.
The Organ Mountain Football Booster President said Romero left a lasting impact on many. “He worked really hard and was a positive impact on all his teammates. He was never satisfied with just okay. He wanted to always be above and beyond and he instilled that in his teammates,” said Jennifer Abalos-Rosas.
A candle light vigil took place Sunday evening at the Organ Mountain football field. Las Cruces public schools released a statement this afternoon describing him as a remarkable student athlete, and leader and giving their condolences to Abrahams family.
Organ Mountain will play Centennial on Friday at the Field of Dreams. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.