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Chiefs Frank Clark creates a grant to honor a Missouri teenager killed on a road trip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A member of the Kansas City Chiefs is helping a Missouri family.

Defensive end Frank Clark said he contacted Tire Sampson’s family after the 14-year-old fell to his death on an amusement park ride at ICON Park in Orlando, Fla.

Sampson lived in Berkeley, Missouri, near St. Louis. He was on a spring break trip with friends at the time. The teenager played football and dreamed of playing in the NFL.

“When I heard of the tragic death of Tire Sampson, I knew I had to do something to help his family. I cannot imagine the pain and loss his family and loved ones are going through,” Clark shared on Instagram.

Clark said he contacted the family and offered to pay for Sampson’s funeral so the family could focus on celebrating and honoring the teen’s life.

“While speaking to Nekia, Tyre’s mother, I had the pleasure of learning about Tyre’s many achievements. His passion for football, basketball, how gentle his heart was and his great appetite for loving people. I promised Nekia that Tire’s legacy would live on,” Clark said.

Clark makes sure he doesn’t break that promise to Tire’s mother. The Frank Clark Family Foundation established the Tire Sampson Scholarship Fund. It will benefit incoming college student-athletes from downtown.

The Clark Foundation is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to two freshmen for the 2022-2023 school year. The application deadline for the scholarship is Friday, July 15. Further information on the application requirements can be found on the Frank Clark Family Foundation website.

“Just know that our family will always be there for you,” Clark wrote to Sampson’s mother.

Sampson’s father spoke publicly for the first time since the autopsy report was released last week.

He went to the grounds of the Orlando ride Monday morning and wrote his son’s name and date of birth in chalk on the fence surrounding the ride. He also wrote “Death Trap”.

Sampson’s autopsy showed that he had a series of serious injuries and died from blunt force trauma.

The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report showed the 14-year-old suffered serious internal injuries as well as injuries to his head, neck and torso after falling from more than 70 feet.

The ride’s weight limit for a rider was 287 pounds. The autopsy found the teenager weighed 383 pounds. A driving safety analyst previously said Sampson should have done itwas never allowed to ride.

In March, an investigation into the ride found that Sampson’s seat had been manually loosened and was not properly secured.

Sampson’s family has filed a lawsuit against several companies, family claims were responsible for the teenager’s death.

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Nate Jones

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