Meningococcal tragedy shocks football mates

TRAGIC LOSS: Suspected Warwick meningococcal victim Jazmyn Carter.
TRAGIC LOSS: Suspected Warwick meningococcal victim Jazmyn Carter.

THE Southern Downs football community is reeling from the suspected meningococcal death of Warwick teenager Jazmyn Carter.

The 18-year-old AFL player and Warwick State High School graduate is believed to have been taken to hospital after falling ill at a local match on Saturday.

Public health officials released details of the case on Monday.

Jazmyn's boyfriend paid a tribute to her on Facebook, saying his life had been "turned upside down".

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"She picked my life up so much over the last 12 months and became my rock," he wrote. "No one has ever made me feel so wanted and loved like you have.

"I love you so much Jazmyn and I always will."

AFL Darling Downs president Andrew Foley said the football community was shocked and saddened.

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"At this point in time, we're focusing on giving all of our support to the club and, where needed, the family," he said.



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