St. Johns County student dies after collapsing in middle school gym

Girl dies at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine

By Corley Peel - Reporter , Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A teenage girl who collapsed Tuesday afternoon during basketball tryouts at R.J. Murray Middle School was rushed to Flagler Hospital, where she died, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the girl went into medical distress in the gymnasium just after 3 p.m. She was taken to the hospital by Fire-Rescue personnel, but she could not be saved.

The girl's name, grade and other information was not immediately made available.

A friend of the student told News4Jax that the girl's death was completely unexpected and an extremely tough loss for anyone who knew her. 

Friends described her as a humble and sweet girl. 

Principal Tom Schwarm send a robocall message to all Murray Middle School's parents:

It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that I relay the news that one of our very own students has passed away this evening. It is out of respect for the family that I do not relay her name at this time.

"Many students, teachers, school staff and parents will be reeling from this news. We will have our crisis team which includes grief counselors, district staff, school counselors and social workers on site tomorrow, and for as long as needed, to support the entire school community. 

"We will also have materials posted on our website to assist you in speaking to your children about this tragedy.

"I ask that you keep all of our Bulldogs in your prayers and for the parents at this time."
 

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation. The cause of death will be determined by the District Medical Examiner’s Office.

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