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The facade of North High School.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family of a North High School athlete who died recently. 

Wyatt Burch, a wrestler and football player, was a "great teammate, friend and man," the page states, and "taken from us way (too) soon."

North High School Principal Mark Balch said in a statement Burch died this past weekend while hiking.

"A talented athlete, Wyatt competed in football and wrestling. He was loved by his teammates and coaches, along with his teachers," Balch wrote. "Most recognized for his kind demeanor, Wyatt was often referred to as a "gentle giant." He left us far too soon, and our school mourns his loss."

North High School coaches Brady Garner and Richie Bolin have decided to raise money for his family, which will go toward funeral costs and other expenses that "may arise during this difficult time," according to the GoFundMe. The two are hoping to give the funds to Burch's family toward the end of the month. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe has raised more than $7,000 of its $10,000 goal. An initial goal of $5,000 was reached in less than 24 hours.

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