Authorities and family members were awaiting the results of an upcoming autopsy to explain why a 13-year-old boy collapsed and died at a soccer game in Westminster.
The tragedy struck Saturday, when Felipe Andres De La Cruz of Hacienda Heights and his team Strikers FC North were playing in the Players Cup Tournament against the SDA Slammers, the Orange County Register reported.
Felipe raised his hand to come out of the game in the second half saying he was tired, Strikers FC North coach Ron Esparza told the newspaper.
The youth collapsed about 30 seconds after leaving the game. Exparza’s wife and a physician who was at the game began CPR on De La Cruz. Paramedics then took him to Orange Coast Memorial Hospital in Fountain Valley where he was pronounced dead.
The De La Cruz family is hoping the upcoming autopsy will explain why he died. His father told the Register that his son had never experienced any heart problems.
Felipe was an eighth grader at Newton Middle School in Hacienda Heights was only player on Strikers FC North who lived outside Orange County.
His memorial service and funeral will be held some time after Sept. 5, his family told the newspaper.
Esparza has set up a gofundme page to help the family with expenses at gofundme.com/4bw89jc.
—City News Service
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