AUTOPSY: Baseball Player's Cause Of Death Remains Mystery

A funeral will be held tonight for a high school baseball player who was found dead Saturday at his Wayne County home, this as authorities still don't know why he died.

Kevin Wise, Jr. played center field for Southern Wayne High School and had recently accepted a 4-year scholarship to play for UNC-Chapel Hill.

Authorities now say preliminary autopsy results on the 17-year-old didn't show anything and his cause of death is still undetermined. Major Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says it will be at least six to eight weeks before the results of toxicology and other tests come back.

Wise's mother found him Saturday morning when she tried to awaken him for baseball practice.

Center field at Southern Wayne is now a temporary memorial. Wise's initials are spray painted in the outfield, along with signs from his teammates.

Wise's funeral will be at Southern Wayne High School Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. while burial will be Wednesday morning at Wayne Memorial Park.


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A high school senior who had signed to play baseball for the UNC Tar Heels was found dead this weekend at his home.

Kevin Wise, Jr. was a standout player at Southern Wayne High School and had recently been awarded a four-year scholarship to play at Chapel Hill.

Major Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says Wise's mother went to wake him up for baseball practice on Saturday morning and found him unresponsive. Effler says it doesn't look like any foul play was involved, but right now it's a mystery on how the 17 year old died.

Wise played center field for his high school team, where there is now a temporary memorial on the baseball field. His initials are spray painted in the outfield, along with signs from his teammates.

His father tells us the loss is shocking and upsetting, because his son was a seemingly healthy, happy teenager. "Everyone loved him. I mean, we're still in shock, you know? And I'll never get over it," said Kevin Wise, Sr. "I mean, he was just everything in the world to me."

His body was taken to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Wise's funeral will be at Southern Wayne High School Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. while burial will be Wednesday morning at Wayne Memorial Park.


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