Boy Dies Throughout Preseason Soccer Exercise session in Newark’s West Ward


By: Richard L. Smith 

A heartbroken household and the group are in search of solutions after a 12-yr-aged boy collapsed and died in the course of a preseason soccer training inside of an Essex County Park on the evening of Friday, February 10. 

The 6th grade Rise Academy Constitution University college student, identified as Elijah Jordan Brown-Garcia, participated in “light football apply and conditioning drills” moments just before he collapsed on the West Aspect Park football industry close to 5:40 p.m., his mother, Raven Brown, told RLS Media. 

Death of child

“He was not tackled or struck for the duration of the practice session, but he was supervised by numerous persons who did not know CPR, so Elijah laid on the ground for about 40 minutes devoid of getting the daily life-preserving clinical process to resuscitate him”, Brown explained. 

According to Raven Brown, her other son, Mekhi, also attended the exercise session for the Essex County Predators, a staff owned by “Major 21” of Bloomfield, NJ.

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While the more youthful son could not totally remember all of the functions top to Elijah’s collapse, he claimed he evidently remembered speaking to his brother just just before he collapsed. 

Child death

“Elijah experienced just run about 20 yards on the field all through a single of the drills and then instructed me that he will acquire a crack. He all of a sudden lost consciousness and fell to the floor,” Mekhi said. 

Nonetheless, swift-wondering Mekhi contacted his mother Raven Brown and explained to her that his brother was not moving 

A single of the teammates’ mom dialed 911 and recommended them of what had happened. Brown mentioned the head coach was not on the subject and experienced ‘stepped away,’ leaving about 12 players with a couple of mom and dad.  

Brown reportedly built it to the area and noticed Elijah unconscious and responsive, which prompted her to also dial 911 in an try to get EMS to the soccer field faster.

Brown explained the health-related units arrived over 25 minutes right after she called them. 

Death of child

West Facet Park is a county park patrolled by The Essex County Sheriff’s Office officers, but Brown mentioned no one particular assumed to get aid at a nearby Newark Law enforcement precinct on the 16th Avenue facet of West Aspect Park. 

EMS rushed Elijah to University Healthcare facility, where physicians carried out CPR, but he died shortly immediately after 6:30 p.m. 

“It really is extremely unfortunate and I am disappointed with the thought that no a person was accessible and trained to administer CPR all through the apply session. They put h2o on his facial area when he was down, but that is not what he essential,” Brown explained to RLS Media. 

At Tuesday night’s job interview within Elijah’s Jacob Road property, reporters had been joined by Ms. Brown, his grieving father, grandmother, an aunt and other household users who remembered the 12-calendar year-aged boy by means of pictures and the point that he was a sensible, bubbly and happy boy who cherished lifetime and dancing. 

“Everyone loved Elijah at college and in the group. I want the world to know that Elijah was an amazing kid who adored his spouse and children and constantly experienced a smile on his experience”, Brown stated. 

“Staff members and pupils at Increase academy are heartbroken for the decline of Elijah. He loved soccer and still left this entire world accomplishing particularly what he appreciated doing”. 

Child death

Increase Academy was shut on Monday to enable workers to system and put together for youngsters. 

On Tuesday, Elijah’s 6th-grade classmates recieved the official announcement in an assembly house. 

The relatives reported extra spaces inside of the college were being made for young children to opt into for sharing their inner thoughts and/or being close to every single other.

A consultant from Image, a centre for coping with loss,  arrived to aid direct a circle with individuals who wished to share their inner thoughts. 

Brown reported The Condition Regional Clinical Examiners’ place of work would conduct an autopsy this 7 days to establish the official lead to of Elijah’s loss of life. 

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has not announced involvement in the incident at this time. 

Our RLS Media employees and management sends appreciate and condolences to Elijah’s mom Raven Brown, total loved ones, the excellent team in excess of at Rise Academy and the Newark neighborhood. 



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