Aledo High School student dies unexpectedly

Family and friends are mourning a 16-year-old junior at Aledo High School who died unexpectedly over the weekend.

Ricky Standifer reportedly complained about a severe headache on Saturday morning. As his parents decided to take him to the ER he collapsed. He was put on life support and never woke up.

“After extensive testing, the neurologist discovered that he suffered an AVM (similar to an aneurysm). This was something that he has most likely had since birth and there was no way anyone could have known,” his mother, Cindy Standifer, shared on her Facebook page.

Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty said Standifer was known as a kind, hard-working student. He also played football for the Aledo Bearcats.

“All Bearcats are sending thoughts and prayers to the Standifer family in this time of loss as we lift up and celebrate Ricky's life," he said. "Ricky's family has made the decision to honor his life by donating his organs in order to give life to others.”

Standifer’s mother said the family has come to realize Ricky’s organs and his gift of life to others is the miracle they were praying for.

“We would not be at the point of peace that we are without the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have been given from all of our amazing friends and family," she said. "Please continue to pray for our family as we move forward."

Aledo High School will have counselors available for students and staff who need support.