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Javaris Benson

Javaris Benson

Vari was a lifelong, multi-sport athlete since age six and a varsity four-year starter on his high school football team. While his talents received collegiate attention, he opted to attend community college and focus on advancing his younger brother’s NFL aspirations, which paid off when he achieved a full ride to a D1 football college. In 2017, Vari then transferred to Chowan University where he collapsed playing basketball with friends and died at age 21. CPR was not immediately administered. While always active and healthy, there had been a previous occasion when Vari collasped with chest pain, but was cleared by both the ER and his pediatrician, both citing anxiety as the cause.