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Coroner Probes Football Player's Death

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



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

    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.

    Downey High School Football Player Mourned

    [LA] 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.
    (Published Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013)

    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.

    Football Player Mourned

    [LA] 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.
    (Published Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013)

    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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