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Cheerleader's death leaves community stunned

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Cheerleader's death leaves community stunned

From Comcast SportsNet LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When students return for school Monday morning at Washington Prep, they'll be greeted by crisis counselors and missing one of their beloved classmates, a cheerleader who died after collapsing during a football game. Angela Gettis, a 16-year-old sophomore at the school, was rallying the crowd Friday night in the fourth quarter of a tie game at Fremont High School when she suffered an apparent cardiac arrest, Los Angeles Unified School District spokesman Tom Waldman said. The game stopped as coaches and trainers ran to help. Bystanders performed CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Gettis died about three hours later at a hospital, becoming the second teenage girl from Los Angeles district schools to die over the weekend after a dramatic campus incident. School officials planned to discuss Gettis at a Monday morning news conference. School district Superintendent John Deasy said the girl was "a wonderful young lady. It is a catastrophic loss for the school and for the community. My heart goes out to her family." Gettis was a good student, said officials at the inner-city school in a rough area of Los Angeles. She planned to attend college and wanted to major in forensic science, school principal Todd Ullah told KABC-TV. At least two tribute pages memorializing the teen popped up on Facebook as news of her death spread. Grief counselors and a makeshift memorial also await students at South East High School in South Gate, where a 17-year-old student was stabbed during a lunch break in front of many student witnesses. The student, Cindi Santana, died at a hospital late Friday night, Deasy said. Another student and an administrator who tried to help Santana had minor injuries. Santana's former boyfriend, 18-year-old Abraham Lopez, was being held on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputies reached by phone did not know whether he had retained an attorney.

LOOK: Matt Nagy triple-booms after Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard blast

LOOK: Matt Nagy triple-booms after Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard blast

Say what you want about Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his questionable start to the 2019 season as a play-caller, but no one can argue his intensity and passion for the game. He's all-in, fully invested in this team and their quest for a Super Bowl, and he wore his emotions on his sleeve in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

History suggests teams that start a season 0-2 have about a 10% chance of making the playoffs. That's why Sunday's game was so important; if the Bears lost, and dropped to 0-2, the odds would've been stacked against another appearance in the post-season. And if that happens, calling the 2019 season a letdown would be a massive understatement.

So, yeah, emotions ran high after Eddy Pineiro connected on the game-winner as time expired. Count Nagy among the many who let his passion flow after the kick went through the uprights.

Check it out:

Eddy Pineiro tells Deion Sanders he was 'fully confident' he'd connect on game-winner vs. Broncos

Eddy Pineiro tells Deion Sanders he was 'fully confident' he'd connect on game-winner vs. Broncos

Who would've guessed that the star of the Chicago Bears after two weeks of the 2019 NFL season would be the kicker? 

It's almost as if the Bears can't escape the one position that usually gets the least attention unless, of course, they miss a game-winner in a playoff game.

Ever since Cody Parkey's double-doink disaster in last year's wild-card loss to the Eagles, Chicago has fielded questions about who his replacement would be for 2019. It took a lot longer than expected to get the answer, but Eddy Pineiro won the Bears' much-publicized kicker competition and now, after Week 2's win over the Broncos, has become a folk hero in Chicago.

His 53-yard game-winner has thrust him into quasi-superstardom. Even Deion Sanders wants to talk to him. Check it out: