Fallen Mervo football star to be remembered where he shined

A memorial service for Elijah Gorham, the Mervo High football player who passed away last week after being injured in a football game last month, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Modell Field on Mervo’s campus in Northeast Baltimore.

Gorham, 17, passed away Oct. 11. The State Medical Examiner said the cause was cardiac arrest, multi-system organ failure, accidental trauma, and a traumatic brain injury.

Gorham, a senior wide receiver and returner, was injured in the third quarter of Mervo’s Sept. 18 game against Dunbar at Poly. Gorham landed hard in the end zone attempting to make a catch.

He had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half. Hundreds gathered last Thursday at Modell Field for a candlelight virgil in Gorham’s memory.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Hollywood Brown held up a Raven jersey with Gorham’s name and number 7 during pregame introductions for Sunday’s game with San Diego. The team displayed a banner inside M&T Bank Stadium in Gorham’s honor.

“This is a great young man. It’s a tragic accident. It’s a wonderful family. Our hearts go out to them,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly press conference Monday. “Just thankful that we were able to do something to honor this young man.”

Gorham’s family has established a GoFundMe page to raise funds to aid them during this time of transition and to established an Academic Athletic Scholarship in Elijah Gorham’s name.