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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: The Lafayette Police Department has confirmed that Matthew Carter has been pronounced dead at a the hospital.

Both juvenile suspects are now facing first degree murder charges.

The Carter family has released the following statement:

It is with great sadness we announce that our Matthew has passed away. Thank you to all of our family, friends, teammates and the community for holding Matthew in prayer during the devastating tragedy our family has endured. These last few days we have been surrounded by the most heartfelt compassion and care, there is no way we can ever repay what everyone’s done for us. 

Today Matthew left this world with a final and fitting act of love for others. He was always there for someone in need and now even in death, he will continue to give to others by donating his organs, making him not only our hero but also a hero to many others.

 Our lives will be forever changed, please hold us in your hearts and prayers as we begin the hardest journey we will ever travel. Pray with us as we remember our beautiful boy Matthew and all he means to so many. 

We would like to extend our love and sincere thanks to the staff of Lourdes Hospital, especially the ICU who worked so hard for our Matthew. 

With love,
The Carter Family

On Wednesday, Lafayette Parish School System has also issued a statement:

“Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew’s family and friends. We will continue to offer support to the students and staff at Comeaux High School during this difficult time.”

ORIGINAL: Matthew Carter, 17, was walking the hallways and attending his classes at Comeaux High School just last week.

Carter is now spending his time in a hospital bed, clinging to life surrounded by his family.

“I just want to hold him,” Nichole Carter, Matthew’s older sister, said, holding back tears.

Walking hand in hand, Matthew’s four older siblings strolled across the football field at Comeaux High, where Matthew played the sport he loved so many times before.

“We call him our golden boy. He’s our Joe Burrow. That’s our boy,” Nichole said.

Thinking back to memories with their little brother on and off the field, his family says there’s not just one word that describes him.

“Matthew is the best son, the best uncle, the best parrain. He’s a good friend, a star athlete, a college hopeful. He’s just a really good guy,” Matthew’s sister added.

Matthew’s two brothers and two sisters say he left a lasting impact on everyone around him.

“Matthew means God’s gift, so we couldn’t have asked for a better gift than him. He’s a blessing. He’s always been our baby brother, and he always lets us know he’s the baby,” Nichole told News 10.

Matthew’s family says doctors are helping Matthew as much as they can, and now they’re praying for a miracle.

“We like to say that we believe he can hear us and he’s here. Y’all keep praying. Matt’s miracle can happen,” Nichole said. “He’s not giving up and we’re not giving up. The power of prayer is so big. It’s so big.”

His siblings say they’ve leaned on each other to stay strong for their baby brother.

“We know that we are strong. We are Spartan strong. We’re #31 strong. We’re #11 strong. We are Matt strong,” said Nichole.

Matthew Carter’s family is asking the public to donate blood to help at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, where Matthew is being treated.

Carter’s family tells News 10 that he has a platelet disorder. They say you can donate platelets while donating blood.

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