LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Tearful students returned to a South L.A. high school on Monday after the death of a of a popular cheerleader who collapsed during the final moments of a football game.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports 16-year-old Angela Gettis died after being rushed to the hospital from the sidelines of the Washington Prep game against Fremont on Friday night.

The sophomore cheerleader was waving pom-poms and kicking her legs during the final moments of the football game when she collapsed. She later died at the hospital.

Jocellyn Diaz remembers her friend and fellow cheerleader with a heavy heart.

“Fun, pretty, joyful girl, I don’t think I’ll forget her,” said Diaz. “I’ll try to keep my head up but it’s going to be hard.”

Grief counselors will be available on campus all week to help the kids process their anguished emotions.

Gettis’ mother said doctors had recently taken Angela off of heart medication, but there is no official word on the cause of death.

The football team is dedicating its season to her memory as students continue to raise money for the funeral.


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