Dublin City School District students and the community are mourning Matthew Keith Dotson, 16, a sophomore at Dublin Coffman High School who died Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Dublin City School District students and the community are mourning Matthew Keith Dotson, 16, a sophomore at Dublin Coffman High School who died Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Dublin Division of Police incident reports show officers went to Dotson's residence on a report that cardiopulmonary resuscitation was being administered to a person shortly after 10 p.m. Dec. 2.

Police officials declined to disclose further details about Dotson's death, stating the incident was still being investigated.

Dotson's obituary published in the Columbus Dispatch Thursday, Dec. 4, said he is survived by his parents, Keith and Debbie Dotson of Dublin; brothers, Johnny and Mark of Columbus; grandmother, Doris Bellinger; grandparents, Claude and Barbara Dotson; great grandfather, Harold (Monk) Raesler; uncles, Jim (Darlene), Doug (Angie), Scott (Mindy) Bellinger; aunt, Cristal (Joe) Foreman and several cousins.

Interment was in Jerome Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Schoedinger Worthington Chapel.

News of Dotson's death was announced to Coffman students Wednesday morning.

Counselors from all three high schools were available for students.

They reportedly visited each of Dotson's classes and talked with students.

Parents organized a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Coffman football stadium.

Even without the stadium lights on, about 500 parents and students united together to remember Dotson.

Calling hours for Dotson were held from in the afternoon and evening Friday, Dec. 5 in St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church.

His funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 also at the church.

During calling hours, several tables in the church were overflowing with flowers, notes written by loved ones and childhood pictures.

A line of people waiting to share condolences with Dotson's family members extended out the church doors and into the rain.

Friends, parents and teammates shared their memories with one another while waiting in line.

Matt Bova attended the visitation because John, Dotson's older brother who graduated from Coffman in 2002, was his best friend growing up.

"I would hang out at their house," Bova recalled.

"I remember Matt when he was just 2 years old. He was energetic and just a happy kid," Bova said.

Karen Meyers paid her respects to the family at the visitation.

Her son and Dotson played baseball together on the Ohio Elite amateur team.

"He was always smiling. He was always supportive of his teammates and was just a terrific boy to be around," said Meyers.

Dotson's obituary said he loved the city of Cleveland, the lake and the Cleveland Browns.

He enjoyed traveling and spending time wakeboarding and fishing at Lake Erie.

Dotson's football coach, Mark Crabtree, said the boy had a great attitude.

"He was a great kid," Crabtree said.

"His best sports days were ahead of him.

"He was a kid that would develop into a great player," he said.

Crabtree said Dotson, who was a quarterback, was a hard worker and a team favorite.

"He interacted well with everyone," he said.

Adam Banks, Dotson's freshman basketball coach said he was very charismatic and had high energy.

"It was the type of energy that motivated everyone to do better," Banks said.

He said Dotson cared about his teammates and friends.

"Every day at practice, he gave 100 percent for his teammates," Banks said.

Dotson's baseball coach, Tim Saunders, said that he was a smiling happy kid.

"He had a lot of friends and he loved life," Saunderssaid.

Dotson played third base and Saunderssaid baseball was the boy's best sport.

"He probably ranked in the top five in his class," Saunderssaid.

"He was always going to be a starter.

"I knew that as he grew, he would become even stronger," he said.

Saundersknew both Dotson and his brother Mark who played baseball and graduated in 2009.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking contributions be sent to: The Matthew Dotson Scholarship Fund, Attn:Treasurer's Office, 7030 Coffman Road, Dublin, OH 43017.