Moon Valley HS football player dies after collapsing on field - Tucson News Now

Moon Valley HS football player dies after collapsing on field

Sanchez wore No. 33 when he played football. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Sanchez wore No. 33 when he played football. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Sanchez's classmates have been encouraged to wear blue on Monday in his honor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Sanchez's classmates have been encouraged to wear blue on Monday in his honor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A makeshift memorial was made and several people lit candles. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A makeshift memorial was made and several people lit candles. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
About 50 people held hands and said a prayer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) About 50 people held hands and said a prayer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A vigil was held for Sanchez on Sunday evening. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A vigil was held for Sanchez on Sunday evening. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Moon Valley High School football player has died after he collapsed on the field.

Starting linebacker Carlos Sanchez, 16, was taken to the hospital on Friday in critical condition and was unresponsive. Firefighters said he reportedly had a seizure.

The Phoenix Police Department and the Glendale Union High School District said on Sunday that he had died.

"He was a constant force of hard work and selflessness on our team," said Moon Valley Coach Seth Millican in a tearful statement. "My team is full of young men who will go out into the world and treat people in a better way because of Carlos's influence."

[RAW VIDEO: Moon Valley football coach statement about player death]

There was a small vigil for Sanchez at the school around 6 p.m. A makeshift memorial was made and several people lit candles. About 50 people held hands and said a prayer.

"Being a mom I can't imagine what the family going through," said Dionica Vega, a mother of a Moon Valley student. "He's gone and it's very hard for me to see him gone now, you know?"

Sanchez's classmates were encouraged to wear blue on Monday in his honor.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help out the Sanchez family.

The Glendale Union High School District sent the following statement.

Our school community is saddened by the news of Carlos’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to Carlos’s family and friends during this difficult time

The district also said there will be a team of counselors for students and staff on the Moon Valley campus on Monday.

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