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Rival high schools team up to show support for student who died after fall on stairs

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Tray, a student at Collinsville High School, has passed away. Credit: Tray's family Tray, a student at Collinsville High School, has passed away. Credit: Tray's family
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The death of a high school freshman is bringing together two communities this Friday night. 

On the afternoon of Sept. 19, 14 year-old Tray Turner was injured in a fall on the stairs of Collinsville High School. He passed away a few days later, on the morning of Sept. 22. 

Police said they are considering Turner's fall as a "tragic accident." 

Collinsville High School cancelled their parade on Thursday, but the football game will go on as scheduled Friday night. But Collinsville will see one of their rivals, Granite City, put the rivalry aside this week and show their support for Turner and Collinsville. 

During their lunch period, Granite City students worked the room by collecting donations for Turner's family. Students could even be seen wearing purple; not the color of choice for Grante City students Kennedi Coakley said. 

"We usually don't wear purple, ever,: Coakley said. 

But Granite City students not only wore purple, but worked on hearts to show their support for their rivals. 

"Today, I think it's appropriate to wear purple," Granite City student Derek Lemaster said. "When something like this happens, it impacts all of us." 

Tragedies like this have impacted Granite City over the years, as well. Principal Daren Depew said when those tragedies struck Granite City, other schools reached out to them. Now, it's their turn to reach out. 

"Other students understand what they're going through, I think it helps them understand how important life is and how quickly things can change," Depew said. 

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