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L.A. County Coroner’s Office to Investigate Death of Dodi Soza

An autopsy was planned this week to determine the cause of death of Downey High School football player Dodi Soza, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Dodi-Soza-on-BackgroundThe county medical examiner cited the teenager’s young age as the reason for the autopsy.

Soza, 16, died Saturday after he collapsed on the field two days earlier, during a game at Lynwood High School.

He was initially taken to St. Francis Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being transferred to Long Beach Memorial, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The teenager was listed in critical condition, but died on Saturday morning, according to a statement issued by Long Beach Memorial.

The mayor of the city of Downey also confirmed Soza’s passing on Twitter.

“Our community mourns the passing of one of own today. DHS football player Dodi Soza. Our broken hearts are with his family. God bless him,” Mayor Mario A. Guerra tweeted Saturday.

A large vigil was held Saturday in Downey, where dozens of students gathered to remember the popular athlete.

Grief counselors were scheduled to visit Downey High School Monday to help students deal with Soza’s death, school officials said.

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