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10-Year-Old Dies After Playing Football Game

October 04, 2003|From Times Staff Reports

A 10-year-old boy mysteriously collapsed and died Wednesday after playing in an after-school flag football game in Alhambra, officials said.

Austin Mejia, a fifth-grader at Martha Baldwin Elementary School, did not have any known medical condition. A coroner's investigation is pending.

He collapsed shortly before 3 p.m. at his school, at 900 Almansor St., said Nadine Sweetmon, executive secretary for the Alhambra Unified School District.

Mejia became unwell during a water break after running with his peers on the playground. A coach called paramedics.

He died at the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, Sweetmon said.

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