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alert-–-texas-high-schooler,-16,-mysteriously-collapses-and-dies-after-crossing-finish-line-at-cross-country-meet-in-which-he-ran-a-personal-best-timeAlert – Texas high schooler, 16, mysteriously collapses and dies after crossing finish line at cross country meet in which he ran a personal best time

A 16-year-old in Texas suddenly collapsed and died after beating his personal record at a cross country meet. 

Angel Hernandez, a sophomore at Chisholm Trail High School, completed a five-kilometer run at a district track event in Haltom City, Tarrant County on October 13.

But he quickly collapsed after crossing the finishing line and his friends rushed him over to a water station where he fell again. 

The teenager was rushed to Medical City Alliance but he died an hour later. 

His friends and family are unsure about what caused his death after he ran his best race and it is being investigated by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. 

Angel Hernandez, 16, suddenly collapsed and died after beating his personal record at a cross country meet

He quickly collapsed after crossing the finishing line and his friends rushed him over to a water station where he fell again. He was rushed to Medical City Alliance but died an hour later

Tributes poured in for Hernandez following his tragic death. ‘It was tragic, it was terrible news,’ his previous track coach Brent Brevard told KHOU. 

‘He’s such a great kid, a likable kid, a good student, and it was awful news.

‘He was the kind of student-athlete you wanted. 

The sophomore at Chisholm Trail High School, completed a five-kilometer run at a district track event in Haltom City, Tarrant County on October 13

‘He worked hard and cared about the teammates. But then he also acted right in school and took care of his grades.’ 

A funeral was held for the teenager on Friday and his family was given the teen’s varsity letter jacket to honor his legacy. 

‘A lot of people attended [the funeral], a lot of his teammates made it, and they encouraged everyone to wear [the school color] purple,’ Brevard added. 

There was a moment of silence held for Hernandez at the Chisholm Trail High School homecoming game hosted later that night.

The teenager was also a student at the Texas School of Karate which shut for the week following his death as a mark of respect. 

‘Every one of us cried, every one of us has comforted each other,’ coach Ashley Wood said. 

‘It’s really hard. We’ll never get over it. We’ll never forget him. He’s going to be missed here, but he’s going to be loved always.’

She said Hernandez lived up to his angel name and added: ‘He made you love him with his personality.

The teenager was also a student at the Texas School of Karate which shut for the week following his death as a mark of respect 

‘Every one of us cried, every one of us has comforted each other,’ coach Ashley Wood (right) said

There was a moment of silence held for Hernandez at the Chisholm Trail High School homecoming game hosted after his funeral 

‘He had an infectious smile. The moment of silence, it helps us know that he was loved by everyone.’

Wood has been comforting his friends at karate who are grieving his death. She said he showed no signs of illness while training before the incident. 

The karate coach set up a GoFundMe page to help Hernandez’s family with funeral costs and $12,000 has been raised so far. 

‘It’s comforting to know that his reach went even far beyond what we knew, even outside of martial arts and even outside of him running cross country,’ she said. 

‘It goes far beyond that. Everybody is feeling the effects of Angel. Angel is that kid. He touched everyone he came in contact with. You couldn’t help but love him.’ 

Hernandez is survived by his parents Antonio and Elsie Hernandez, and younger brother Mark.

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