Elijah Jordan Brown-Garcia died after collapsing at football practice on Friday, February 10.
He just turned 12 two months ago.
Elijah’s family is still looking for answers to what happened.
The focus seems to be placed entirely on the lack of CPR as well as an alleged ambulance delay. But why did a healthy 12-year-old boy’s heart stop in the first place?
This question needs to be answered.
According to NBC New York, the tragic event took place in Newark at a youth team’s training while Elijah Jordan Brown-Garcia was getting ready for football practice.
Elijah was practicing football at West Side Park, along with his 10-year-old brother Mekhi.
Without warning, Elijah passed out. Mekhi immediately contacted his mom, and another parent dialed 911, but no one knew how to do CPR. The coach was reportedly running errands when the incident happened.
“He didn’t get hit, like no contact or anything. He ran about 20 yards, said he was going to take a little break. I don’t think he took enough time,” said brother Mekhi Stradford.
Raven Brown, his mother, was shocked by the incident because her son had no history of health issues, News 12 reported.
“No contact. It was just drills running back and forth. He didn’t get hit,” Brown says. “He was a healthy kid… I don’t know why Friday night was his day.”
According to Brown, people on the field called 911 twice, and she called a third time and rushed over. An ambulance arrived about 30 to 40 minutes later, she said.
Elijah was pronounced dead at University Hospital and the family is awaiting autopsy results.
A GoFundMe was created to help with the funeral.