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Community mourns loss of 13-year-old North San Diego County boy

Posted at 12:58 PM, Oct 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-25 17:31:04-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) -- Friends and family members are mourning the sudden loss of a 13-year-old North County boy.

The boy, identified by the Vista Unified School District as Marco, passed away on Friday, Oct. 22.

Family members told ABC 10News that Marco felt sick that day while playing soccer during PE class at Madison Middle School in Oceanside. Some friends said he didn’t look well before he collapsed on campus.

District Superintendent Dr. Matthew Doyle confirmed that Marco was taken to the hospital where he later died.

In a statement sent to parents at Madison Middle School, Doyle said:

“As background, he fell ill on our campus during class last Friday early afternoon, and was promptly transported to a local hospital where later that day he passed away. The official medical report was received this weekend and it indicates the cause was a heart condition that had been previously undetected. I share this information with the full permission of the family, who join me in hoping that we can all turn our attention to respectful remembrance.”

Marco’s family said the heart condition prevented the proper flow of blood in the heart. The family confirmed that they did not know of the condition; they described Marco was an active teenager who enjoyed running and skateboarding.

With Marco’s passing, Doyle said counselors would be a present on campus to help students and staff deal with the tragedy.

ABC 10News learned the middle school is also planning activities to honor Marco.

A GoFundMe has been started to help the family pay for funeral expenses. A fundraiser will also be held at Mance Buchanon Park on October 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. followed by a celebration of life light memorial. The park is located at 425 College Boulevard in Oceanside.