- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A second-grade student at a Phoenix elementary school has died after apparently choking during lunch.

Paseo Hills School principal Trevor Ettenborough says 7-year-old Javier Lopez was eating in the cafeteria about 11 a.m. Friday and became unresponsive.

He says it appeared Lopez “may have had an object obstructing his airway.”

Ettenborough says a teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver and the school’s nurse assisted with CPR.

Authorities say the boy was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials with the Deer Valley Unified School District say they don’t know if the student’s death was caused by a medical condition.

Phoenix police say they’re investigating the case and the cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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