Update: Sept. 5

The full recording of the Dalhart High School Student Council Candlelight Vigil can be viewed below:

Update: September 3, 2:40 p.m.

According to a Dalhart High School Facebook post, the Student Council will be hosting a Candlelight Vigil at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Stadium to honor the life of Yahir Cancino.

DHS officials said there will be jars if guests choose to donate, and also encourages guests to bring a candle.

Update: 12:45 p.m.

According to a social media post, Jeff Byrd, superintendent of schools at Dalhart ISD, released a statement regarding the recent event that involved JV football player Yahir Cancino.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Yahir’s family. The Dalhart Community will continue to surround and support them. Dalhart ISD has been in contact with Region 16, and they will have their Crisis Team here to support our students & staff Tuesday morning. The Dalhart Ministerial Alliance will also be available for our students and staff members. The Texas Panhandle Centers of Amarillo will have counselors available Tuesday, and they will be available anytime that our staff members or students need them in the future. Dalhart ISD would also like to thank the Sundown ISD Administration, Coaching Staff, and football program for the love and support they have provided for our entire community. We would also like to thank the Region 16 Service Center and every Superintendent and School District in Region 16 for the love and support they have provided for our Dalhart ISD Family.


Jeff Byrd Superintendent of Schools Dalhart ISD


DALHART, Texas(KAMR/KCIT)— According to an official with the City of Dalhart Police Department, the family announced over social media that Yahir Cancino, a member of the Dalhart JV football team, has died Friday night.

According to previous reports from MyHighPlains.com, Cancino lost consciousness during a Junior Varsity football game in Dimmitt. According to officials at Dalhart Independent School District, trainers and first responders tried to revive him but were unable to, and he had to be airlifted to the Intensive Care Unit in Lubbock.

According to a statement released by Dalhart ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd, Cancino was a student at Dalhart High School who was injured during a Junior Varsity football game on September 1, 2022. 

GoFundMe has been set up to support the family.