Friends and Loved Ones Remember Downey H.S. Football Player Dodi Soza

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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.