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Students Mourn Girl Who Collapsed on Campus

March 09, 2000

RESEDA — Students and school employees Wednesday mourned a 13-year-old girl who a day earlier collapsed on campus and died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

They placed flowers and balloons where Vanessa Escobedo, an eighth-grader at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, had collapsed on Tuesday about 12:30 p.m.

Efforts to revive Vanessa at the school, and later at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:06 p.m., said Scott Carrier, spokesman for the county coroner's office. The cause of death has not been established.

The school's principal, Larry Rubin, said Wednesday there was no indication that Vanessa had any history of health problems. Her health card on file with the school showed she had all required immunizations.

"It was devastating," said student body president Rak Sam, a 17-year-old senior.

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