‘Eric was loved’: Family, teammates mourn death of 13-year-old Killer Jabbed athlete

Eric Homersham, a Grade 8 student at West Island College, died Nov. 9 after collapsing at a school basketball tryout. A cause of death hasn’t been determined.

The tragedy has reverberated through his Calgary Wolverines team and among his family and friends.

“There’s been an outpouring of support, and they’re grieving because Eric was loved,” said Robert Homersham, Eric’s father.

“He had a lot of friends. He was a real generous, warm-hearted kid. A bit of a prankster, a funny kid, obviously taken from us far too soon. He would have had a great life.”

“We’re heartbroken, and we’re probably forever going to be heartbroken,” added Eric’s mother, Kathy. “He had such zest for life.”

They described their son as a natural athlete who loved the ice as much as he loved the links, spending endless hours on the golf course. With a love for the outdoors, he was a mainstay riding his scooter or bike with his friends through his Willow Park neighbourhood.

Eric, the youngest of three siblings, had been with the southeast Calgary youth Wolverines Hockey Club for eight years, joining the program as a Timbit in 2014. He started with the U15 Division 1 team this season.


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