Krista McNallyAug 11, 2017, 8:06 pm

Residents in Farmingville mourn teen football player killed during workout

Joshua Mileto was doing a team drill at Sachem High School East when a log fell on his head


A Memorial continues to grow at Sachem High School East for Joshua Mileto, the young football player who died from an injury during practice on Thursday.

One could see people placing cups in the fence in the shape of number 5. That was Joshua Mileto's football number.

Mileto was at a routine pre-season football workout when he was doing a team drill where several people lift a log overhead. The log hit Joshua in the head, taking his life.

The drill the athletes were doing is a navy seal style drill. A former football player described the workout.

"You know, a marine corps kind of thing, you see the pictures, you know, over their head, run it and so on and so forth. I mean, when doing it right it, not really dangerous, just very heavy. Just very heavy. I mean, you need strong guys to do it at least in the front and the back and the middle kind of stops some of it." said Sachem East Alumni Carlin Schledorn.

Now people are questioning if that drill was too difficult for high school aged athletes.

"Well, I heard that Navy Seals did the same drill and stuff. I don't know, I thought it was a little much for high school students. I’m not putting blame on anybody but it's a little much," said Dejiah Sumpter, Mastic Beach

FiOS1 News spoke with Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association who says that there are no rules governing what a coach can or can't do during training. He called it a very unfortunate situation and also said he would never second guess a coach’s decision. He says it is a "tough situation."

Meanwhile, the Farmingville community is in mourning. A Gofund me page has been started for the family during their time of loss, and in only 18 hours it was already up to over $37,000 dollars raised.

The school superintendent says that grief counselors are being made available to students and staff for as long as needed.

Mileto's wake that is open to the public will be at the McManus-Lowery funeral home in Medford on Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. His funeral will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton roman catholic church in holbrook on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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