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Former Atlee Athletics star found dead | Ashland-Hanover

MECHANICSVILLE – Hannover County Police are investigating the death of a former Atlee athlete whose body was found by a citizen at Atlee Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Efeoghene Oluwatosin Obrimah, better known as ‘Efe’, was a star of the Raiders’ indoor and outdoor athletic teams. He graduated in 2022.

According to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Obrimah’s body was found on the ground near the football stadium press.

A GoFundMe account was created to help his family.

“If you ask anyone who knew him, Efe was one of the hardest working people they knew,” the GoFundMe page intro said. “He never complained about anything and put his head down and went at it. Efe was smart, funny and caring and made everyone around him smile. … More than anything, Efe was beyond humble despite all his accomplishments.

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Lt. James Cooper, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said investigators were working with the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” Hanover County Public Schools said in a statement on its Facebook account. “We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Obrimah family for their devastating and unimaginable loss. Although the sheriff’s office has deemed it safe to reopen the football stadium, the stadium will remain closed for a period of one week out of respect for Efe and the Obrimah family. Thank you, HCSO, for your attention and commitment to managing this tragedy.

Obrimah’s body was found around 1:24 p.m. Saturday.

Obrimah was an all-state artist in his senior year. He anchored the Raiders’ champion 4×200-meter relay team and finished second in the 300-meter Virginia High School League Classroom 4 State Championships at Liberty University Feb. 28-March 1. He was also part of the Raiders. 4×400 relay team placed fifth in this meet.

Obrimah finished fifth in the 200m and was a member of Atlee’s 4×100 relay team, sixth at the VHSL Class 4 Outdoor State Championships at Liberty University in June.

According Milestat.comin indoor track and field, Obrimah was ranked 22nd in Virginia and 74th nationally in the 300, 111th in the state and 211th nationally in the 500, and 87th in the state and 845th nationally in the 55 hurdles.

In outdoor athletics, Obrimah was ranked 40th in Virginia and 1243rd nationally in the 200, 63rd in the state and 2210th nationally in the 300 hurdles and 64th in the state and 2700th nationally in the 100.

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the death investigation. Citizens are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Tips can also be submitted through the “P3 Tips” app for their mobile device. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Obrimah’s family’s GoFundMe account is available at https://gofund.me/b9ed6a49

Dave Lawrence can be reached at [email protected]