Student at Phoenix school dies after apparently choking at lunchtime

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:56 AM

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PHOENIX – A second-grade student at a Phoenix elementary school died Friday after apparently choking during lunch.

Javier Lopez was eating in the cafeteria at Paseo Hills School around 11 a.m. and became unresponsive, according to Ashley Morris with the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Morris said it appeared that the 7-year-old may have had an object obstructing his airway. A teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver and the school's nurse assisted with CPR.

Javier was transported to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

The cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.

Counselors are available on campus for any student or staff member in need of support.

"I was shocked," said Kevin Sodergren, parent of a first-grade student. "I really couldn't believe it. It really just shows you how fragile life is."

The school is located near Deer Valley Road and 35th Avenue.  

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Phoenix 2nd grader dies while eating lunch

PHOENIX (AP) -- A second-grade student at a Phoenix elementary school has died after apparently choking during lunch.

Paseo Hills School principal Trevor Ettenborough says 7-year-old Javier Lopez was eating in the cafeteria about 11 a.m. Friday and became unresponsive.

He says it appeared Lopez "may have had an object obstructing his airway."

Ettenborough says a teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver and the school's nurse assisted with CPR.

Authorities say the boy was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials with the Deer Valley Unified School District say they don't know if the student's death was caused by a medical condition.

Phoenix police say they're investigating the case and the cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.

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