Coroner Probes Football Player's Death

A 16-year-old football collapsed and stopped breathing during a high school football game Thursday

By Kyler Jae
|  Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  |  Updated 12:50 PM PDT
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Football Player Mourned

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Dodi Soza died on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2013, two days after collapsing at a football game in Lynwood, Calif.

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Downey High School Football Player Mourned

Classmates and a community mourned the loss of a 16-year-old football player who collapsed on the field and died on Saturday. Jane Yamamoto reports from Downey for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Oct. 12, 2013.

Football Player Mourned

Mourners remembered 16-year-old Tyler Lewellen, a football player who died on the field. Adrian Arambulo reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2013.
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Coroner's officials are trying to figure out what caused a high school football player to collapse during a game last week and die two days later.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Sunday that they have opened an investigation into the death of Dodi Soza, a Downey High School running back.

He collapsed and stopped breathing during a football game against Lynwood High School on Thursday.

Soza died Saturday and family and friends held an emotional vigil at the football field at Downey High School.

Mourners released white balloons into the sky over. They remembered Soza using the hashtag #RIPDodi on Twitter.

"Now he's looking down on us with his bright amazing smile," wrote one mourner on Twitter. "WE LOVE YOU DODI. #RipDodi"

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