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1:26 p.m. Wednesday
Cerritos College issues official statement on death of student Matthew Tautolo, 20
• Wed, Jan 11, 2012
Los Angeles County Coroner Lt. Joe Bale told LCCN at 11 p.m. Tuesday night that the emergency workers responded to the Norwalk campus to render aid to a student around 3 p.m.
Tautolo was participating in a physical education activity class on a campus field, a statement from the college's public information officer stated on Wednesday morning.
"He asked the faculty member if he could be excused from the class to retrieve athletic shoes from his car and then collapsed on the field," the statement said.
A college faculty member and students summoned help, and Student Health Services responded immediately to the scene along with Campus Police. College officials said that members of the L.A. County paramedics arrived minutes later.
Attempts to revive Tautolo continued while he was transported to the emergency room. Doctors were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:14 p.m.
Los Cerritos Community News spoke to Jasmine Ramirez, 22, the current Student Body President at Cerritos College who said that the entire campus “is in a state of shock.”
“We are still trying to process this tragedy in our minds,” Ramirez said in a phone interview. She also told LCCN that Tautolo is the fourth student from Cerritos College to die this current school year. “We have a very heavy heart,” she said. “Cerritos College is a very tight-knit campus, where everyone knows everyone else. This is going to be a tough couple of days for many of us,” Ramirez said.
Grief counselors are expected to be summoned to the campus on Wednesday to help “the entire Cerritos College family comes to grips with this tragedy,” Ramirez told LCCN. “Our football team is totally devastated. These types of things don’t happen at Cerritos College,” she said.
Ramirez said that Tautolo was "well loved." Word of his passing spread quickly throughout the college and tributes for Tautolo were already being posted on several social media sites.
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