Death of Bryant sophomore reported

BENTON — Ray Davis, a sophomore at Bryant High School and a promising member of the Bryant Hornets football team, reportedly was found dead in Benton on Tuesday evening, Sept. 1.

According to media and on-line sources, Benton Police said no suspects are being sought but an active death investigation is underway. They called the situation “sensitive.”

In an Aug. 15, 2015 practice report on, Bryant head football coach Paul Calley said Davis, a 6-4, 320-pound defensive tackle, had suffered a torn Achilles tendon and would miss the season.

Reportedly, an announcement about Davis’ death was made to students at Bryant High School this morning.

Bryant School District Communications Director Devin Sherrill released this statement: “We are heartbroken over the death of one of our students. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to family and friends, and the entire community. To help our students and faculty deal with the sad loss, we are offering grief counseling.”

On Twitter, the hashtag “#DoItForRay” developed as friends and others began to pay tribute. Students also advanced the idea of a “white out” in Davis’ honor at the Salt Bowl this Friday. The Hornets take on the rival Benton Panthers at 7:30 p.m., at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.


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