Laveen student playing basketball collapses, dies

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Amreil Watson (Source: Facebook) Amreil Watson (Source: Facebook)

A teenager died after collapsing while playing basketball at Cesar Chavez High School on Monday afternoon.

Paramedics from the Phoenix Fire Department rushed to the school at 3921 W. Baseline Road about 3:30 p.m.

Amreil Watson was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition, Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said. He was later pronounced dead.

It's not known what led to the boy's death. He was playing a pick-up game when he collapsed in the gym.

Principal Scott Gayman sent this letter to parents:

"We, at Cesar Chavez High School, are saddened to inform you that one of our students passed away today. The young man collapsed after school while in the gymnasium. Paramedics were called immediately but the student remained unresponsive. All of us in the Cesar Chavez community are deeply saddened by the passing of this young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"Your child may need extra time to talk to someone at home. In addition, for the benefit of all our students, the school has a trained team of mental health professionals who have set up a series of voluntary short-term grief counseling sessions where they can talk within a supportive group.

"If you would like information about this, please feel free to call the Counseling Department at (602) 764-4007.

"There are also some community resources that can help your child deal with this situation. These agencies provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may want to keep the following numbers visible near the phone for the next few days, when your child may be feeling upset about the incident."

Grief counselors will be at the school Tuesday.

Watson was a sophomore.

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