Daniel Esparza Obituary, Death – On Friday, September 8, an El Paso high school student died two days after “suffering a medical emergency” during a high school football game. Daniel Esparza, a senior at Bowie High School, died on Sunday, September 10, the El Paso Independent School District said in a Facebook post on Monday, September 11. “Daniel was a beloved member of the school community,” according to the post. “He was a devoted member of the Bowie band, mariachi band, and JROTC who reveled in his role as a leader.
” El Paso ISD stands with Daniel’s family and the whole Bowie High School community as they collect strength to deal with this difficult time.”
Esparza apparently collapsed during the game against Ysleta High School and “lost consciousness to the degree that medical personnel had to begin,” according to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Esparza family. The high school band member “was quickly attended to by the medical team on site,” according to an El Paso ISD statement to the El Paso Times, during the late moments of the football game, before Esparza was brought to the hospital.
A spokeswoman for the University Medical Center of El Paso verified Esparza’s death, but no other details regarding what happened to Esparza or his cause of death were immediately available, according to the El Paso Times. “Thank you to our Bowie students and staff, our local emergency first-responder personnel, and everyone in the community who has offered support throughout the last few days,” the district wrote on Facebook. “Our hearts go out to the student, their family, and the entire Bowie community.” The district’s top priority is the safety and security of its children, and we will continue to give any continuing help and support to anyone affected.” As of Tuesday, September 12, the GoFundMe had raised more than $36,000, exceeding its $30,000 goal. All proceeds will go to the Esparza family to cover Daniel’s funeral expenses.