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Murrieta H.S. football player dies

October 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Flags were at half-staff at Vista Murrieta High School on Friday, after a football player collapsed in the school parking lot and later died.Shea Iose, 16, was on the junior varsity team at Vista Murrieta High. The 6' 3'', 209-pound junior was described by one coach as a big, gregarious kid who was always positive and optimistic.

Wednesday, after practice, Iose was going to a play on campus. There were no seats. He was running to his car when he collapsed in this parking lot.

"We have a sports medicine class on campus. And one of the kids had taken the class, and certified in CPR. He started CPR. He sent the other kids to get help from teachers. That kid performed CPR for 15 minutes before the ambulance got there," said Vista Murrieta football coach Coley Candaele.

Iose had no history of health problems.

"Not one sign at all of any problems that we had previous history ... passed all the physicals, never had problems running during conditioning or no problems at all. So, no signs at all, just a complete shock," said Candaele.

Caleb Dennis was one of the students who was deeply affected by their teammate's death

"We all signed posters. We went on the field in the morning and dedicated a game to him. Of ... us against each other. But it was, you know, fun. And it helped loosen things up, but it was internally that it still hurt the most," said Dennis.

An autopsy was performed Thursday, but no cause of death has been released.

This was Iose's first year at Vista Murrieta. Since arriving at the school, his grades improved and he wanted to play for the varsity football team.

Vista Murrieta played a game Friday night. Many are sure Iose's name would be mentioned many times that night.

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