Teen Dies After Collapsing During Walk Home Friday

Grief counselors available to students after teen collapses, dies Friday

By Jeff Smith
|  Monday, Mar 18, 2013  |  Updated 11:42 AM CDT
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Extra counselors are on hand Monday at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton for students struggling with grief over the sudden death of a popular varsity athlete.

Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News

Extra counselors are on hand Monday at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton for students struggling with grief over the sudden death of a popular varsity athlete.

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Dozens Remember Carrollton HS Student

Dozens of people remembered 16-year-old Gerson Lagunez outside of Newman High School Sunday night. The cross country athlete and member of the band collapsed and died during a run in Carrollton last Friday.
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Extra counselors are on hand Monday at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton for students struggling with grief over the sudden death of a popular varsity athlete.

Gerson Lagunez, 16, collapsed suddenly Friday afternoon while walking home after playing ultimate frisbee with friends. 

Lagunez later died, though the cause of his death remains under investigation.

""It's very tragic. Because Gerson was the type of kid that every principal just loves. I would love to have 2,000 more just like him. An honor student, a gifted athlete, involved in marching band, he was a trombone player. He was just a gifted individual all the way around, and it's a great loss for this campus," said Principal Joe Pouncy.

Pouncy said Lagunez took all Advanced Placement courses and was a member of the National Honor Society. The popular student was also a varsity cross-country runner and a member of the school's Spanish Club.

Counselors already visited with the school's band and members of the cross country team because Lagunez was heavily involved in those clubs.

Dozens of students gathered outside Newman Smith High School on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil.

Autopsy results and a cause of death are still pending.

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