Evan Murray, a senior at Warren Hills Regional High School in New Jersey, died on Friday after being injured in a varsity football game

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 26, 2015 04:55 PM
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A New Jersey high school quarterback died Friday night after being injured during a varsity football game, reported NJ.com.

Evan Murray of Warren Hills Regional High School was hit in the backfield and subsequently died from his injury while playing the varsity team from Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey, according to local news station WABC.

The cause of Murray’s death was not immediately known, WABC reported.

The Washington Township Police Department or Medical Examiner’s office could not be reached for comment.

“Last night we experienced a tragedy in the loss of student athlete Evan Murray following an injury during the Summit-Warren Hills football game,” Warren Hills Regional School District’s interim superintendent Gary Bowen told PEOPLE in a statement. “Our school district, with the cooperation of many, is providing grief and crisis counseling beginning immediately today, Saturday, for as long as the need exists. Counseling will again be available on Sunday morning at 9:00 am and continue throughout the day.”

Murray, a senior, played three varsity sports for Warren Hills and had been starting quarterback for three years, according to NJ.com.

The home game was played to completion, and Summit won 14-12, NJ.com reported.

Team coach Larry Dubiel told the site after midnight on Friday that officials were still trying to process and determine what happened.

“We lost a fine kid,” he told NJ.com.

In a press release, Bowen thanked the community and school staff for their support.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the Murray family. The greater Warren Hills community is a close-knit group of fine, caring people,” he said.

The police department also issued messages through their Facebook page, writing, “WTPD’s thoughts and prayers are with the Murray family, the football team coaches and players, and the entire Warren Hills Community.”

New Jersey gov. Chris Christie sent his condolences through Twitter on Saturday morning.

“On behalf of all the people of New Jersey, Mary Pat and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Murray family on the loss of Evan,” Christie wrote.

NFL team the New York Jets also took to Twitter on Saturday.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Evan Murray,” the team wrote.