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Boy, 13, dies after collapsing at Compton school

A 13-year-old boy died Tuesday after collapsing at Whaley Middle School in Compton, authorities said.

The seventh-grader was walking from one class to another when he collapsed shortly before 9 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities said the death did not appear to be related to the heat and did not involve athletic activity.

"He apparently had a heart condition," said Lt. Robert Peacock of the Compton sheriff's station.

The county coroner's office will determine an official cause of death.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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What a real shame for this young boy and his family. My condolences to all who loved him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

The boy collapsed just before 9:00, but he didn't get to the hospital until 10:00. I wonder what took so long?

I am a former graduate from whaley middle school (2007), I am now a senior at dominguez high school, my name is Arturo Macias senior class of 2011. I have to say that this kid was a friend to my little brother's. I give my respects to the family, we are sorry for your loss.

hello my name is kate im 13 years old , when i read this i was shoked but i have a theory to this article could it be maybe that the boy didnt eat breakfeast before he whent to school beacause well he collapsed around 9 but then again its the docter who knows this stuff?!?!?!?!

The boy arrived @ the hospital at exactly 9:33am @ William Holich. Get your facts right sir.


that was my friend luis

Any students who were present at the time of this tragedy or that were witnesses, please contact me. We are trying to figure out what happened at the School for Luis' parents and have not been getting answers from the District.

Please email me at anthony.bejarano@ayslaw.com

Thank you.

Wow Anthony, the boy just dies and already you are trying to find a way to blame ($$$$$) the school district. No wonder people hate lawyers. Better first make sure his parents have all their ducks in a row first! You are vile.

The poor boy dies at 10am and already the lawyers are in full force...you think the school is maybe busy with crisis management or grief? I think you'd talk to the doctor to see what happened first before you go doing depositions an hour after this horrible tragedy. Poor Luis...

We have tried to get appropriate answers from the school district, just to know what happened to this young man for over four months. We merely want to speak to anyone who was on the scene to determine what happened, so that Luis' parents have anwswers to the questions the district has refused to answer.


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