Philly school hit by crime on tragic day

April 20, 2009 8:16:53 AM PDT
A Philadelphia school is dealing with a pair of difficult events this weekend. After a break-in at the school that saw thousands in computer equipment stolen, a student collapsed and died after a charity event.About 60 students and 20 staff members of Furness High School left the school at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday for the 14th Annual Donor Awareness Run/Walk In Fairmount Park.

At about 10 a.m. members of the custodial staff at the school spotted someone leaving the building with a computer. Workers reported the incident to police and investigators found about 40 laptop computers were stolen from the school.

Then, at about 11 a.m., a 19-year-old senior collapsed at the finish line of the charity run/walk. Medics transported him to Hahnemann hospital where he died.

School district officials say by all accounts this student was fine this morning when he boarded the bus and fine when he started the race.

Counselors for students and staff are available at the school today, and a letter explaining what happened will be sent out to parents, according to officials.

STATEMENT FROM "GIFT OF LIFE"

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the runners who participated in the 14th annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness yesterday on West River Drive yesterday. This young man, who joined students and teachers of Philadelphia's Furness High School to honor a young man who was an organ donor several years ago, collapsed shortly after his run of the 5k. He was taken by paramedics to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.

Gift of Life Donor Program extends our deepest condolences to his family and the high school classmates and teachers at his school.

Howard M. Nathan
President and CEO
Gift of Life Donor Program"

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