SEAFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Grief counselors were on hand at a Long Island school Thursday after a sophomore died after falling ill during a class trip to California.
Joseph Tutaj traveled to Los Angeles last week with the Seaford High School marching band to perform at Disneyland.
Students and teachers at Seaford High choked back tears amid the tragic news.
“Everybody just hysterical. It’s a terrible feeling. He was a great friend to everyone in the school,” friend and classmate Brandon D’Allegro told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.
Fellow band member and friend Michael Nicola said the 15-year-old didn’t seem to be feeling well right from the start.
“Our first day in Disneyland he was feeling okay. He went on Space Mountain with us and then the second day he wasn’t feeling good at all,” Nicola said. “He just digressed every single day.”