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Autopsy inconclusive for teen who collapsed during basketball game

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - An autopsy Friday was inconclusive for a 16-year-old boy who died three days after suffering an apparent heart attack during a basketball game in the southwest suburbs last weekend.

Jermaine Cullum, a student at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, was playing basketball in the gym of Riverside-Brookfield High School on Saturday afternoon, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office and a statement from the Riverside Fire Department.

Just after 1 p.m., the fire department received several calls saying one of the players had suffered a seizure, collapsed and was not breathing, according to Deputy Fire Chief Matt Buckley.

An emergency room physician and a nurse were among the more than 100 people who were in the gym at the time, and they began performing CPR until emergency crews arrived, Buckley said.

Cullum’s collapse is believed to have been a result of some kind of cardiac episode, he said.

“Everybody worked very hard that day to give him the best chance they could,” Buckley said.

Cullum, of the 3300 block of West Palmer Street, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The results of an autopsy conducted Friday were inconclusive pending further studies, the medical examiner’s office said.

Christ the King College Prep President Clement Martin said in a statement that grief counselors and ministers will be available for the rest of the week, and the school plans to “honor and remember” Jermaine in the coming days.

“Jermaine had a warm presence in the Christ the King Jesuit hallways and on the court,” Martin said in the statement.

“He was a well-liked and respected young man with a contagious smile. He was a phenomenal kid, with a great sense of humor and strong faith, who shared his kindness with his classmates and teammates. He will be missed by all.”

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