A bizarre tragedy struck on Saturday when 16-year-old cheerleader Angela Gettis was pronounced dead after collapsing the night before at a football game in Southwest LA.
One witness, Cameron Bonner, said the teenager passed out during the final moments of the game. According to Bonner, Gettis’ team – Washington Prep – had just tied the game with Fremont High School when the cheerleader collapsed.
“They had just tied the game up, and the cheerleaders were pumped up,” Bonner said. Angela appeared “to just pass out,” he said.
“All of her friends were in a circle crying… It was so confusing, they were all so concerned about this little angel.”
Gettis’ collapse halted the game, and after being given CPR by bystanders, she was transported to the hospital for what was thought to be cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead 3 hours later. The official autopsy has been scheduled to determine the teen’s sudden death.
Angela Gettis was a top student and member of the Reserve Officer Training Corp who planned on studying forensic science in college. Superintendent John Deasy said that Gettis was a “wonderful young lady.”
“It is a catastrophic loss for the school and for the community. My heart goes out to her family,” he said. Additionally, Deasy told sources that crisis counselors will be available at Washington Prep on Monday to help students and faculty cope with the sudden and tragic loss of the 16-year-old with so much promise.