L.I. Teen Dies After Collapsing While Playing Basketball
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBS2/1010 WINS/AP) – Officials said a Long Island teenager collapsed and later died after playing basketball at a community center Thursday night.
A statement by the Long Beach School District said 17-year-old Shakur Moore was taken from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to Long Beach Medical Center, where he died.
Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan said Moore was playing in a game at the community center and collapsed at about 8:30 p.m. Police reached the center within minutes, but Moore had no pulse or heartbeat when they arrived.
No one at the community center was trained to perform CPR and the non-profit group that leases the building from the city is not required to provide such training, CBS 2′s Wendy Gillette reported.
Gillette spoke with Moore’s friend, Vincent, who was stunned about the death.
“After a game, he was just telling us he couldn’t breathe. He just got to the ground and he just panicked. And he didn’t move, he wasn’t moving,” he said.
Over 700 people had posted condolences on a Facebook page dedicated to Moore by Friday. Grief counselors will be at the school to help students and staff cope with the tragedy.
The death was eerily familiar for Moore’s family. His cousin lost a brother in 2003 after he had a heart attack while lifting weights.
“It’s the same thing all over again. So I was just sitting down, and then I started crying,” Ieasha Galloway said.
The teen’s official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Moore had asthma as a child, but got clearance from his doctors two years ago to stop taking medication.
Moore was a junior at Long Beach High School, where he was on the junior varsity basketball team. He came to the community center about three times a week to play in pickup games.
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