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Students line funeral procession for Texas high school student who died at football game: Look

Bowie (Texas) band member collapsed at football game, died Monday

Some 200 students lined the road in front of a high school in El Paso on Friday afternoon for a funeral procession to remember the life of a classmate. 

Bowie (Texas) senior Daniel Esparza, 17, died two days after collapsing at a football game on September 8. Esparza was a member of the school's band. He suffered a medical emergency, according to multiple reports, but details are sparse.

A vigil was held Thursday and a funeral service took place Friday at St. Ignatius Church in El Paso. Video posted to Twitter by El Paso Times reporter Aaron Martinez shows students lined up on a sidewalk in front of the school as the funeral procession passed.

Esparza was treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital. The football game against Ysleta on Friday was canceled because of the incident. 

"He was always happy to help others, always consoling others, if anybody had a problem they would go to him, he was the leader in the band room, everyone listened to him, he was our drum major as well and so it is a great loss to our community," Bowie principal Rosaura Gandarilla told KFOX-14 in El Paso.

The El Paso ISD released the following statement:

"The El Paso ISD community grieves with the family of Bowie High School student Daniel Esparza who tragically passed away Sunday, Sept. 10. Daniel was a beloved member of the school community. He was a dutiful member of the Bowie band, mariachi group and JROTC who relished his role as a leader. El Paso ISD stands with Daniel’s family and with the entirety of Bowie High School as they gather the strength to deal with this trying time. A team of counselors is available to Bowie students and staff, and the district will provide any additional support necessary. Thank you to our Bowie students and staff, our local emergency first-responder personnel, and everyone in the community who has offered support throughout the last few days."

— El Paso ISD spokesperson

Bowie plays Jefferson (0-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m.