Gwinnett Area High School Football Player Dies

Wednesday July 30, 2008
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A 13-year-old died after about two hours
of conditioning for the upcoming Gwinnett Football League season.
Ted Bailey, chief investigator for the county medical examiner,
says Jacheem Xavier died at 9:45 p.m. Monday at Eastside Medical
Center. Bailey says results of tests to determine the cause could
take 12 weeks, but "there's no evidence it's a heat-related

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound eighth-grader was with teammates at
Shiloh High School. Youth league president Erik Richards said he
began vomiting shortly after a two-hour workout that began at 7
p.m. and then lost consciousness. Richards says it is the first on-field death in his 19 years with the league.

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