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Windsor High School student dies after losing consciousness at football practice

WINDSOR (AP) — A Windsor High School student died after losing consciousness at football practice, school officials said.

Elijah-Jay Mariano Rivera lost consciousness during practice Tuesday and was given CPR by police and emergency medical technicians, district superintendent Terrence Hill said in a letter to families.

Hill said the teen was not engaged in any football drills or tackling at the time.

The student was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Hill said. “Sadly, the medical professionals were unable to revive him,” he said.

Rivera was just 15 and in the 11th grade, according to media reports.

Hill said crisis counselors would be available for students and staff on Wednesday. “As a community we want to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and support them moving forward however we can,” he said. “Together, we can provide comfort and support to each other through this dark chapter with unwavering compassion and resilience. We will continue to keep the Rivera family, WHS Football Team, and the Windsor High community in our thoughts and prayers.”

No other information on the student’s death was provided. District officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.


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