- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PECULIAR, Mo. (AP) - Students are planning a remembrance for a Raymore-Peculiar High School athlete who died after collapsing during practice.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1zU8qHy ) reports that students plan to wear shirts honoring senior track athlete Ja’leel Freeman during a basketball district championship game Friday. Before the game, the students will release balloons into the air in remembrance of Freeman.

Freeman was in cardiac arrest when emergency crews responded Wednesday. The 17-year-old was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Raymore-Peculiar High School athletic director Tom Kruse says Freeman completed a physical exam, as required by the state’s governing body of athletics, before participating in track. The cause of Freeman’s cardiac arrest has not been released.

Kruse says the teen “took great care of his body” and was a “really hard worker.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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