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Student Dies After Apparent Horseplay

Posted: Apr 12, 2013 3:22 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2013 3:24 PM

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WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) -- Police are investigating after a suburban St. Louis teenager died after apparent horseplay at his high school.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an autopsy will be performed on Saturday for 15-year-old Marquez Oliver of Normandy. Witnesses told authorities that Marquez and a friend were playing around Thursday in the cafeteria. The other teen apparently playfully struck Marquez in the chest.
Marquez collapsed. A nurse tried unsuccessfully to revive him. He was taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital where he died hours later.
Relatives say Marquez had a few bouts of asthma a few years ago but no known existing medical conditions.

The 14-year-old boy who struck him was released after being processed at the Wellston police station. Juvenile authorities will decide if any charges should be filed.

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