West Point football player Wallace dies in his sleep

May 24, 2009



The West Point High School football team lost one of its offensive lineman of the future Thursday when Tyler Wallace passed away in his sleep. 


An autopsy report has yet to reveal the cause of death of the 15-year old Wallace, who would have been a sophomore on West Point''s football team this fall. 


"Everybody is doing as well as can be expected," said West Point coach Chris Chambless. "We were shocked. The response from the community as far as helping and praying has been greatly appreciated." 


Visitation for Wallace was held Sunday night and his funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home in West Point. 


Chambless learned of Wallace''s death Friday morning. 


"Disbelief," Chambless said. "My first reaction was to go see the family and that''s what I did. You can''t put into words (how the family dealt with its loss). You can''t describe it." 


Chambless said Wallace was a player the West Point football team was counting on for the future. 


"He was an upcoming player," Chambless said. "He was going to be a great player. He led by example. He was an example all the way around for his teammates."