These Things Happen
Elijah Jordan Brown-Garcia died after collapsing at football practice on Friday, February 10. He just turned 12 two months ago.
Elijah’s family is still looking for answers to what happened.
According to NBC New York, the tragic event took place in Newark at a youth team’s training while Elijah Jordon Brown-Garcia was doing two of the things he loved most: spending time with his younger brother and getting ready for football practice. Without warning, Elijah passed out.
Mekhi immediately contacted his mom, and another parent dialed 911, but no one performed CPR. The coach was running errands when the incident happened.
12-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Dies Suddenly After Collapsing at Football Practice— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) February 17, 2023
“His mom says he wasn’t tackled and he wasn’t hit either. One problem, no one there knew CPR.” pic.twitter.com/gtYWVkTRig
“He didn’t get hit, like no contact or anything. He ran about 20 yards, said he was going to take a little break. I don’t think he took enough time,” said brother Mekhi Stradford. Raven Brown, his mother, was shocked by the incident because her son had no history of health issues, News 12 reported.
“No contact. It was just drills running back and forth. He didn’t get hit,” Brown says. “He was a healthy kid…I don’t know why Friday night was his day.”
It is normal, of course, for twelve year old boys to drop dead.
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