New York high schooler dies after 'medical emergency' after first football practice of season

17-year-old Miguel Lugo was rushed to a local hospital where he later died after first training at Wallkill High School that spring. (Brett Carlsen / Getty Images)
A 17-year-old student in New York died on Monday after a medical emergency after the first day of soccer practice, according to the Times Herald record.
According to the report, Miguel Lugo suffered "a medical emergency" after Wallkill High School, located nearly 80 miles north of New York City, held its first football practice session of the spring season. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Lugo, who was listed as a 6-foot linebacker weighing 180 pounds.
"He was a lively and healthy boy who lit up every room he went into," wrote his aunt Angela Morales on the GoFundMe page. “Now his family is staying here to wonder why. Why Miguel? He had a heart of gold and everyone who knew him loved him very much. ... We will never know why the Lord brought him home so quickly. Obviously he needed an angel so he picked one of the best.
New York State had postponed last year's fall season to spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monday was the first day that the "Autumn II" season could start practicing.
"This is extremely sad," said David Coates, chairman of the New York Section 9 Football Committee, of the Times Herald Record. “You hate to see it happen to anyone, but when Miguel was so young he had his whole life ahead of him. … Our hearts and prayers go to the Lugo family and the Wallkill Church. Just sad, an extremely sad day for Section 9 football. "
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