A 12-year-old Elk Grove middle schooler died Friday while playing basketball at Joseph Kerr Middle School.
The boy was playing with a group not affiliated with the Elk Grove Unified School District, according to school district spokesperson Xanthi Pinkerton.
“Reportedly the student dropped to the floor with what appeared to be a leg cramp on the right side,” Pinkerton wrote in an email to the Citizen. “Coaches went to the student’s aid and found that the student was having difficulty breathing and had no pulse.”
The coaches began CPR immediately on the student, the Sacramento County Coroner has now identified as Aaron Nguyen, a seventh grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. CSD fire crews along with Elk Grove Police and EGUSD School Police responded and took the boy to the hospital.
Emergency room personnel tried to revive the student, but he died at approximately 8:05 p.m. Friday.
“This is a very sad night for all of us and our hearts go out to the family,” Pinkerton wrote. “At this time we would like to honor the request of the family to respect their privacy in these solemn hours.”
Pinkerton added that the school district will have counselors and other support personnel at the boy’s school Monday to provide students and staff with counseling and emotional support.