Funeral services set for Hopi High football player

Charles Youvella

Charles Youvella

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 10:40 AM

POLACCA, Ariz. (AP) -- Funeral services for a Hopi High School football player who died from a traumatic brain injury suffered during a playoff game are set for Friday.
 
Services for Charles Youvella will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Polacca on the Hopi reservation.
 
The 17-year-old scored his team's only touchdown in a 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran Academy on Saturday. Before the game was over, he fell hard on his head and collapsed a couple of plays later. He died Monday at a Phoenix hospital.
 
Youvella is survived by his father, Wallace Youvella Jr., and siblings Vince, Khrystyl, Torri, Zachary, Ryesa, Layne and Dominique.
 
Hopi High School is taking donations for his family. The Arizona Interscholastic Association also is setting up a fund.
 

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