10-year-old boy dies whereas enjoying in Little League sport on Lengthy Island


LONG BEACH, Lengthy Island (WABC) — A household and a city are in mourning Monday after a 10-year-old boy died whereas enjoying in a Little League baseball sport on Lengthy Island over the weekend.

Lazar LaPenna, a fourth grader at East College in Lengthy Seaside, handed away Friday after operating to first base and collapsing.

Eyewitness Information reporter Kristin Thorne spoke with Lazar’s heartbroken father at their residence.

“The city has been so supportive, everyone,” Gregg LaPenna stated by means of tears.

Gregg LaPenna, who can also be the coach of the group, stated Lazar was recognized a number of years in the past with epilepsy, was taking treatment and being handled by docs. He stated the household did not enable Lazar to play any sports activities besides baseball.

The night time earlier than he died, Lazar and his household celebrated his 10th birthday at an area restaurant. Gregg LaPenna stated a few of Lazar’s presents are nonetheless arriving within the mail.

“It is simply so unhappy,” he stated.

Lazar was an enormous Mets fan and liked enjoying baseball. The sport final Friday in Level Lookout Park was like another sport — till it wasn’t.

“The final second I noticed was him standing on first, and he turned to me with a smile,” Gregg LaPenna stated. “I checked out my scorebook to mark down the hit, and I heard his brother stated, ‘Lazar’s having a seizure,’ and I look down, he is laying down on first base. Once I noticed his face, I knew it wasn’t one other regular seizure.”

Lazar’s older brother, 12-year-old Gerry LaPenna, was teaching first base on the time and stated his brother put an arm on his shoulder as he tried to brace himself from falling over, however then collapsed.

“He was a extremely good child,” Gerry stated. “He liked all the pieces he did.”

LaPenna stated EMTs tried performing CPR on Lazar for fairly a while, however their efforts weren’t profitable.

“He was a such a delicate soul,” Gregg LaPenna stated. “He by no means needed to be alone. We’ll hold him near us.”

He stated the household had lately taken a cruise to Bermuda, they usually had no thought this might be coming.

“This tragedy is certain to lift many feelings, issues, and questions for college students and employees, significantly for who’re near this household,” Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Gallagher stated. “All of our colleges have a Disaster Intervention Staff made up of a professionals educated to assist with the wants of scholars, dad and mom, and faculty personnel at troublesome occasions comparable to this.”

Grief counselors can be obtainable all week for any pupil or father or mother who may have or need assist or any kind of help.

“Our deepest sympathies exit to mom Monique, father and coach Gregg, brothers Gerry and Blaze, and your entire LaPenna household,” league officers stated in a press release. “Our ideas and prayers are with all of them at the moment.”

The rest of the season can be devoted to the LaPenna household and can be performed in Lazar’s honor, and his group will maintain a second of silence earlier than Monday’s sport.

At Level Lookout Park, youngsters have left behind baseball caps signed with Lazar’s identify.

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