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Updated Dec 5, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Hopi football player died of blunt force trauma

POLACCA, Ariz. — Arizona officials have determined that a high school
football player who collapsed on the field last month died of blunt force trauma
to his head.

Charles Youvella took a hard fall during the fourth quarter of a Nov. 9 state
playoff game and later died in Phoenix hospital. The 17-year-old Hopi High
School senior had scored his team’s only touchdown in a 60-6 loss to Arizona
Lutheran Academy.

The Maricopa County medical examiner’s office said Thursday that the cause of
death is listed as accidental and that the full autopsy report isn’t yet
complete.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has said Youvella died of a traumatic
brain injury.

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