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Student athlete dies after medical emergency

Posted at 9:02 AM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 12:19:33-05

The University at Buffalo community is mourning the loss of a classmate and athlete, Solomon Jackson. The University says Jackson passed away Monday after a medical emergency he suffered during a team training session last week.

“Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Solomon’s family as together we mourn his tragic and untimely death,” Greene wrote.

Tuesday, a moment of silence was held for Jackson ahead of the men's basketball game. Students and guests were given a poster with Jackson's jersey number 41, to hold during the moment of silence.

"A lot of people might not know him, but everyone who comes in contact with him has the same type of reception, genuine, caring and loving overall," said Shane Patterson, a UB Student.

Former UB Quarterback Joe Licata released this statement: "Words can't justly describe the type of person Solomon Jackson is. He is an inspiring leader through Christ, a fantastic friend, and an amazing influence on everyone he has been around.  His spirit will undoubtedly live on through the people with whom he has come in contact  #41 will live on forever in our hearts."

Jackson's home town was Stone Mountain, Georgia.  He was a graduate of Tucker High School. The school released this statement:

"It's a sad day in Tucker. It is with a heavy heart that I report that former Tucker Tiger #55, Solomon "Solo" Jackson, has passed away. A young man everyone respected and adored. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family. RIP Solomon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Solomon Jackson and his family. Solomon is a 2013 graduate of Tucker, who has gone on to play football at the University of Buffalo."

The Tucker Tigers Football team has posted a tribute to Solomon Jackson.

Jackson's former teammate, NFL running back Branden Oliver spoke with 7 Eyewitness News Tuesday about his friend. He says Jackson loved life, the game of football, and his family.

"He was a very passionate kid," said Oliver. "He was always smiling, always encouraged about life."

Funeral arrangements have not been made. The school is not commenting further on Jackson's death.