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High school football player dies after collapsing in scrimmage

August 28, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Tyler Lewellen, 16, who played football at Arlington High School in Riverside, died after collapsing during a srcimmage.
Tyler Lewellen, 16, who played football at Arlington High School in Riverside,… (Riverside Unified School…)

A 16-year-old high school football player in Riverside has died after collapsing during a scrimmage, officials said Wednesday.

Tyler Lewellen, who played at Arlington High School, died Tuesday night, Riverside Unified School District officials said in a statement.

Tyler had been hospitalized since Thursday, when he collapsed on the field during the scrimmage with Rubidoux High School.

"Tyler was a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him and everything to look forward to," Arlington Principal Antonio Garcia said. "We are so saddened that he was suddenly taken from us."

A crisis response team that includes psychologists was at the school Wednesday and met with students and teachers to help them cope with the tragedy, officials said.

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