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November 13, 2015 03:20 PM

A New York private school is mourning the death of a 16-year-old football player.

Delano Cowan, 16, died last weekend, Joseph P. Tierney, president of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, confirmed to PEOPLE, calling it a “tragic situation.”

“The entire Cardinal Hayes High School community mourns the tragic loss of [Cowan] and we offer our prayers and deepest condolences to his family,” Tierney said in a statement on Sunday.

It is unclear how the teen died.

The announcement came less than a day after the Catholic school’s varsity team played in the Catholic High School Football League quarterfinals against Holy Cross High School.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover funeral costs for the football player, and indicates that Cowan died on Nov. 7, the same day as the playoff game.

“We have lost someone close to us who has inspired, loved, befriended encouraged and was one of [the high school’s] finest athletes,” according to the fundraising page.

“Through our heartbreak we will stand strong, because Delano wouldn’t want anything else.”

Grief counselors were expected to be present at the school on Monday for grieving students and faculty, Tierney said in the statement.

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