Virginia Beach community mourning death of First Colonial grad

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John Byrd fought cancer for over a year

John Byrd

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A recent First Colonial High School graduate who fought cancer for over a year has died.

John Byrd passed away early Friday morning, 10 On Your Side has confirmed.

Byrd, a soccer player for First Colonial, was diagnosed midway through his soccer season junior year after doctors found multiple tumors.

His fight inspired his teammates, pushing them all the way to the state quarterfinal round in 2018, and semifinals in 2019. They even shaved their heads in support.

“It made me pretty happy to see them, that they would support me like that,” John said in an interview in 2018. “Even though some looked bad with shaved heads.”

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