Autopsy planned for Downey football player who collapsed on field

An autopsy on a Downey teen who collapsed during a high school football game is scheduled for Tuesday, the Los Angeles County coroner said.

Dodi Soza, 16, played for Downey High School and collapsed during a game last week at Lynwood High.

Coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Soza’s young age was the main reason her office had decided to investigate.

Soza, a running back, was playing for his school’s junior varsity team when he collapsed on the field, according to KTLA. He died Saturday, and friends and family hosted a vigil in his memory that evening.


Dozens of balloons were released, some of which had #RIPDodi written on them in black marker.

Downey Mayor Mario A. Guerra said in a Twitter posting: “Our community mourns the passing of one of [our] own today. DHS football player Dodi Soza. Our broken hearts are with his family. God bless him.”


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