Coroner To Open Investigation Into Sudden Death Of Downey High School Football Player

LOS ANGELES ( — An autopsy was expected to be performed Tuesday to determine what killed a 16-year-old Downey High School football player.

Dodi Soza, who played on the Downey High School junior varsity team, collapsed during a game at Lynwood High School last week.

He died Saturday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

The Coroner’s office opened an investigation into the teen’s death Sunday and said he had no clear medical history that would have led to his death. Toxicology tests will also be performed.

A vigil for Soza was held Sunday night, organized by his junior varsity teammates.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“He just touched so many lives on the field, off the field. He was just a great human being,” Coach Jack William said.

The teen’s family was given two footballs from the football team and cheerleading squad.


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