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Second-Grade Student Dies After Apparently Choking During Lunch

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File photo of a school cafeteria. (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

File photo of a school cafeteria. (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A second-grade student at a Phoenix elementary school has died after apparently choking during lunch.

Paseo Hills School principal Trevor Ettenborough says 7-year-old Javier Lopez was eating in the cafeteria about 11 a.m. Friday and became unresponsive.

He says it appeared Lopez “may have had an object obstructing his airway.”

Ettenborough says a teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver and the school’s nurse assisted with CPR.

Authorities say the boy was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Parents were shocked at what happened.

“I was shocked,” Kevin Sodergren, parent of a first-grade student, told KTVK-TV. “I really couldn’t believe it. It really just shows you how fragile life is.”

Officials with the Deer Valley Unified School District say they don’t know if the student’s death was caused by a medical condition.

Phoenix police say they’re investigating the case and the cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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