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.”