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Downey High School Football Player Collapses During Game

A Downey High School student collapsed during a football game in Lynwood. The student was taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown.

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A woman in Boulder, Colo., claims to have found a balloon in her yard from a vigil honoring Dodi Soza.

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A woman claimed to have found this balloon in Colorado (Credit: Instagram)

The woman, whose Instagram username is @jennisnead, snapped a picture of the balloon and posted it online Sunday.

She believes it traveled to Colorado from Downey, Calif.

“I was sitting outside my house , sippin a green drank and soaking up the beautiful fall rays, and this balloon just floated across my driveway out of nowhere,” the woman wrote on Instagram.

The woman said she did know who Soza was until she looked him up online.

“After a hashtag search of #RIPDodi online, we discovered Dodi Soza was a 16 year old football player in LA who died 2 days after collapsing on the field,” the woman wrote.

Dozens of balloons were released at a memorial service in Downey on Saturday evening, in remembrance of Soza, who died hours earlier.

Soza, 16, passed away 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.

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.

As they carried candles and held balloons, friends and loved ones remembered Dodi Soza at a somber vigil Saturday night in Downey.

DodiThe gathering was held just a few hours after the 16-year-old Downey High School football player died at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Soza collapsed two days earlier on the field during a game at Lynwood High School, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The junior running back was taken to St. Francis Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being transferred to Long Beach Memorial.

His unexpected death was announced Saturday in 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 candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for a Downey High School football player who died two days after he collapsed at a game.

The unexpected death of Dodi Soza, 16, a member of the school’s junior varsity football team, was announced Saturday in a statement issued by Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

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

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Dodi Soza

“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.

Soza collapsed Thursday at 3:24 p.m. and was not breathing, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The junior running back was on the field for a game at Lynwood High School when it happened.

Soza was taken to St. Francis Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being transferred to Long Beach Memorial.

Richele Steel, a spokesperson at Long Beach Memorial, confirmed Soza’s death on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a sad story, [for] a young person to lose his life,” said William Ramirez, one of hundreds who attended the memorial at the campus. “But like my son told me … ‘He’s in a better place.’”

A Downey High School football player remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning after he collapsed during a game in Lynwood, authorities said.

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Dodi Soza collapsed during a football game in Lynwood on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.

Dodi Soza collapsed Thursday at 3:24 p.m. and was not breathing, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The junior running back was on the field for a game at Lynwood High School when it happened.

Soza was taken to St. Francis Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being transferred to Long Beach Memorial.

He was in critical condition, authorities told KTLA.

Dozens of students from nearby Warren High School carried a giant sign that read “Pray for Dodi” to Downey High School Friday morning before tying hundreds of white balloons to the school’s fence.

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Dozens of students from nearby Warren High School carry a sign reading “Pray for Dodi” to Downey High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

“Even though we’re rivals, we’re one community. We have a good bond together, no matter what,” Jason Wilcox, a student from Warren High School, said.

Daniel Jimenez has known Soza since kindergarten and described him as a really good friend. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better than him,” Jimenez said.

The Downey Legend student newspaper urged students on Twitter to wear white to classes on Friday to show their support for Soza.

A Downey High School student collapsed during a football game in Lynwood. The student was taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown.
Steve Kuzj reports from Lynwood for the KTLA News at 10 on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.

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