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.

1010 WINS Reporter Mona Rivera talks with Long Beach City Manager who saw the video tape

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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  • JON

    Where will the services be held?

  • Debbie Paesano

    My prayers go out to this young boys family. I feel that if any community center of any type involving children should be required to have at least one person there who is CPR and First Aid certified. In fact it should be mandated

  • Max

    I’m looking at the comments and wondering why has no one questioned the reasoning behind his death. I know we should grief him but unless we question and find out the reason we will not prevent this from happening again.

  • silvia planchett

    If only he would leave us with the sweet sanctity of life everlasting without all of the perturbations surrounding the body without which we could never hope to understand God and all that he has bestowed upon the unworthy without compromise of the spirit that we all know exists within the fellowship of people who have knowledge of the sacrosanct and and shall ever be free. Give unto him all that is holy without sin or sacrifice we shall be free.

  • c

    How I wish I could have been the one instead of this sweet soul.

  • KPMc

    “Grief counselors will be at the school to help students and staff cope with the tragedy.”

    Before you can use the phrase “the school” you have to actually identify a school.

    But I guess if you hired actual journalists or at least college graduates you would know that.

  • Jim

    Who and where is the creator and how do I contact him or her? I have a few issues to discuss and questions to be answered Shelli. Additionally, what is your relationship with the deceased?

  • Shelli Lipton

    Grieving is the process to help us through these tragedies. Giving thanks everyday to the Creator and feeling life as a blessing is so important.

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