BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – A community is mourning after the death of a high school student during a 5K cross-country meet in Broomfield Friday night.

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(credit: CBS)

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According to officials at Peak to Peak Charter School, high school senior Brandon Ries, 18, collapsed while running on the course.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“He was taken to the hospital and fought hard, but sadly, he passed away with his family at his side,” the school said in a statement. “The entire community is impacted by this loss. Brandon was part of the heart and soul of our school, and represented the best of us all.”

A counseling and response team will be on hand to support students and staff when classes resume on Monday.

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“We will notify the community as information becomes available about services for Brandon. At this time, we are giving his family the space and time that they need to grieve.”

Family Statement

Our family is deeply grieved by the loss of our son, Brandon.  We loved Brandon – he was the best son we could have imagined, the best brother his sisters could have asked for, and a true friend with a big heart and deep character.

Brandon lived a positive, joyful life that was filled with purpose; we’re so proud that he was known as a young man who encouraged others and selflessly cared for their needs.  Most importantly, Brandon’s life centered around his relationship with Jesus Christ, who was the source of his gentle love for others.

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We thank the community for the outpouring of support we’ve received, and we ask for privacy as we grieve this loss as a family.