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Vigil for high school football player who collapsed, died

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SAN MARCOS (CBS 8) – Hundreds of friends, classmates, and family members gathered at Mission Hills High School on Thursday night to remember a star football player who collapsed and died.

Friends say Anthony Bash Vaeao was a senior, just three weeks from graduation, who was going to attend Arizona Western College in the fall where he planned to continuing playing football.

Principal David Cochrane says Vaeao collapsed while playing a pick-up basketball game in the school's gymnasium.

Medics were called around 2:50 p.m. and rushed the teen to Palomar Hospital where he was declared dead, according to Sheriff's.

Vaeao's grandmother says she got to the hospital too late to say goodbye to her beloved grandson.

"I went to the hospital and he's gone," Sepoima Vaeao told News 8. "He's gone. I didn't have time to talk to him. I didn't have time to talk to my grandson."

A tearful crowd, some holding candles, gathered at Mission Hills High School on Thursday night to honor Vaeao's life and memory, in a vigil organized by his teammates.

The offensive right guard is being remembered as a leader on the team and a stand-out student both on and off the field.

On his Facebook page, friends posted memories, condolences and messages of sadness and support.

Family members told News 8 that Vaeao's mother had a heart condition, but relatives were not aware of any medical problems in the teen. It will be up to the Medical Examiner's Office to determine an exact cause of death.

 

 

 

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