El Dorado football player Octavius Critton died Sunday night, the victim of a shooting. Critton was a senior defensive back for the Wildcats.
El Dorado football coach Steven Jones read a prepared statement Monday afternoon at the Wildcat Arena.
“Last night we were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Octavius Critton,” Jones said. “Octavius played defensive back for us here at El Dorado. He was loved by his teammates and coaches. Octavius had a smile that would light up the room. His positive outlook on life is something I will hang onto forever. His happiness was contagious. He was a real joy to be around. We are praying for his family as they navigate through this difficult situation.”
The coach did not take questions from the media.
El Dorado canceled the football practice scheduled for Monday morning. Jones met with the team later in the day.
The Wildcats are scheduled to return to practice today at 3:30 p.m.
The El Dorado School District released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our El Dorado High School students over the weekend. The El Dorado School District sends our deepest condolences to the family of Octavius Critton. Our sincere sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Counselors are available for any of our students and staff during this difficult time."