DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — A Downey High School football player has died nearly two days after collapsing during a game in Lynwood.READ MORE: City Of LA Opens Vaccinations To Age 16-Plus As Questions Swirl Over J&J Vaccine
A hospital representative for Long Beach Memorial Hospital confirmed to CBS2 that Dodi Soza died.
The 16-year-old junior wide receiver has just scored a touchdown when he collapsed on the field at Lynwood High School just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Soza was transported to St. Francis Medical Center and was then transferred to a special care unit at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Reporting for CBS2 outside Downey High School, Jeff Nguyen said there was a growing memorial of white candles and balloons in Soza’s memory. (White is Downey High School’s team color.)READ MORE: LAUSD Reopens Campuses Tuesday For First Time Since March 2020
Students from rival Warren High School showed their support by hanging white balloons and a banner saying “Pray For Dodi” on the Downey school’s fence.
The community held a vigil Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The memorial was organized by Soza’s junior varsity teammates.
Participants were asked, via social media, to bring white candles or balloons.
Soza’s cause of death was not released.MORE NEWS: CDC, FDA Recommend Pausing J&J Vaccine Over Blood Clot Cases