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Grief counselors help students deal with death of football player

September 14, 2009 |  7:42 am

Telles Grief counselors will be at Garden Grove High School this morning to help students cope with the death of football player Kevin Telles, who collapsed on the field during a football game Friday.

Hundreds turned out for a memorial service Sunday night for Telles, a popular senior and football team fullback. An autopsy failed to determine a cause of death, and the Orange County Coroner's office is still investigating.

On Friday night Telles, 17, charged up from the 30-yard line to block his opponents. Then he abruptly fell, face down and motionless, on the 25-yard line. Several witnesses said he collapsed without sustaining a hit from another player.

When he didn't get up, coaches from both teams rushed onto the field with the team physician as Telles began to convulse. Moments later, witnesses said the doctor could be heard saying, "No pulse, no pulse."

Medical personnel began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Telles was pronounced dead at 10:25 p.m.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Garden Grove High School students Marlene Hernandez, left,  and Alejandra Saldana comfort one another in front of the school at a memorial for fellow student Kevin Telles.

Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times