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Teenager training to be a Marine dies during exercise session

A California teenager died Tuesday during a physical training session in preparation for shipping to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in August, officials said.

Floyd Burrell Jr., 17, collapsed at a park in Brentwood, California, after running a half-mile and doing two other warmup exercises with other poolees in the delayed entry program, officials said. He had passed his initial strength test required to head to recruit training.

"The incident is currently under investigation," said Capt. Skye Martin, a spokeswoman for the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District. "Our Marines ensure that all appropriate safety precautions are meticulously observed during every physical training conducted by future Marines." 

Floyd Burrell Jr., 17, died on April 25 after collapsing during an exercise session.

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After Burrell collapsed, a Marine and a nearby certified lifeguard tried to revive him until paramedics arrived, officials said. The Pittsburg High School senior was pronounced dead around 7 p.m. Tuesday after being taken to a hospital.

Preliminary indications are that Burrell suffered from an "apparent unexpected medical condition," the Brentwood Police Department posted on its Facebook page. The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of future Marine Floyd Burrell Jr.," Martin said on Wednesday. "Our Marines send heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, Pittsburg High School and the Bay Point Community. We respect the Burrell family's right to privacy and their decision whether to release further information regarding the incident."


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