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Stamford family mourns after unexpected death of teenager: ‘It wasn’t his time’

STAMFORD – Djmayley Vernet, a former Stamford High School football player who died last week aged 16, wanted to support his family so “no one would struggle, everyone would be fine,” said his cousin on Friday.

Instead, after the first day of his first part-time job, Vernet suffered a series of seizures. He was rushed to hospital, apparently recovered – and then died last Saturday.

“It’s a horrible impact, honestly – left a void in our family. He was only 16,” Noldylens Metayer said. “He was a good boy. It was not his time to leave.

Vernet was smart, Metayer said – during his elementary school years his parents refused the suggestion that he skip class, preferring to keep him with his classmates and allow him to learn whatever he could – and devoted to his family, hoping to provide for them in the years to come.

On Aug. 3, Vernet trained for his first part-time job, a role at Burlington Coat Factory, Metayer said. He then went home and fell asleep. His brother later heard noises, then entered the room to see Vernet grabbing.

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