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Former Star City football player Towers dies


Former Star City football player Zack Towers, who was severely injured in a 2012 football game, died Wednesday morning.

According to reports by multiple Little Rock television stations, Easter Seals confirmed Towers’ death at a Little Rock hospital. Zach Towers’ brother Ty Towers, a former Star City quarterback and current Ouachita Baptist player, said on Twitter: “I now have a guardian angel. Watch over me brother. I Love you more than words can ever say.”

Zack Towers, a senior linebacker in 2012, sustained brain trauma during the third quarter of a 32-29 victory against Crossett in November 2012 and underwent brain surgery at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Star City football coach Jett Furneaux declined to comment on Zach Towers’ death Wednesday, adding school officials are waiting to see how the Towers family wants to address Zack Towers’ death.

In an interview with KARK-4, Zach Towers’ dad, Jim, said this “has been a faith run since Nov. 1.”

“He has done things they said he would never do,” Jim Towers said in the interview that took place before Zack Towers’ passing.

“I’ve never looked at this situation as time that we have lost,” Jim Towers said. “I look back at it and say I was blessed to have him at the time that we did.”

Ty Towers took to his Twitter page (@_Towers7) Wednesday.

“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later,” Ty Towers said.

The most recent post on the “Prayers For Zack Towers” Facebook page, dated Jan. 28, indicated that Zach Towers was improving after “a rough week,” but was dealing with “neuro storms,” defined by a medical website as uncontrolled activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System.

“Zack is having a good week after a rough week last week,” the post read. “We spent all day in the ER at (Arkansas) Children’s (Hospital) last Tuesday with him. Still having Nuero (sic) storms and they sometimes last for a long time. He continues to go home on the weekends and he seems to have adjusted well at his temporary home. Please remember to pray for him. We still have a long way to go. God is not through with Zacks situation. Gods Got This.....#ZT16. #GGT.”

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday and funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both will be held at the First Baptist Church in Star City.