12-Year-Old Dies Suddenly During Football Practice in New Jersey

A young boy in Newark, New Jersey collapsed and died “suddenly” during a football practice this weekend.

  • Elijah Jordan Brown-Garcia, a 12-year-old boy from New Jersey, was reportedly performing drills with his football team when he collapsed and passed away Friday night.
  • Team officials said at the time, Brown-Garcia was not involved in any drills out of the routine practice.
  • “No contact. It was just drills running back and forth. He didn’t get hit,” the boy’s mother, Raven Brown said. “He was a healthy kid… I don’t know why Friday night was his day.”
  • Brown is demanding answers surrounding her son’s death, wondering why it took more than 40 minutes for an ambulance to transport the young boy to the hospital.
  • “I beat the ambulance there,” Brown insisted. “Like 30-40 minutes. It took them a long time.”
  • “He was so happy to be there. He didn’t know that it was going to be his last day,” Brown continued.

“Elijah was an outgoing, loving young kid. He loved dancing and football and loved his family. He made sure everyone was comfortable with his infectious smile. He loved going to school, and he loved his friends,” the page reads.

  • Earlier this month, a teenager in Laval, Quebec, Canada, died suddenly following “cardiac arrest.”
  • In Michigan, high school senior Cartier Woods collapsed during a basketball game and passed away one week later after being put on life support. Woods reportedly collapsed after telling his coach that he was feeling “dizzy.”
  • Two months after COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out to the U.S. public, a significant vaccine safety signal for myocarditis in males ages 8 to 21 appeared in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. According to researchers at the National Organization for Rare Disorders, myocarditis can result from infections or directly from a toxic effect or a virus. “More commonly the myocarditis is a result of the body’s immune reaction to the initial heart damage,” researchers said.