Game of 'pass out' ends with 15-year-old's death
POSTED: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Dozens of teenagers gathered in Chula Vista, California Wednesday evening to mourn the death of a 15-year-old boy who died in a freak accident after playing a game of "pass-out."
On Tuesday David Nuno was hanging out with friends at his home when he fell and landed on a large glass tumbler that broke on impact. The pieces of broken glass slashed his throat. Nuno was able to run down one flight of stairs before he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from multiple lacerations and sharp force injuries to his neck, a medical examiner’s report confirmed.
On Wednesday night, dozens of teens remembered Nuno by walking more than two miles from Chula Vista Community Park to Nuno's home. The teen’s distraught friends still couldn't believe he’s really gone.
"Now that I'm seeing everyone here, I'm realizing it's really true. It's not a dream," said Nuno's friend Jessica Alcala.
Nuno's friends said word of his death spread quickly on social media.
"I couldn't comprehend what was happening. I thought it was a joke. His cousin confirmed it was real. It was just horrible," said Mariam Valenzuela.
At Wednesday night's candlelight vigil Nuno's classmates talked about his death and how others may learn from it.
"It's not a game. It's really serious," said Hazel Valenzuela.
"We can use it as an example that something so little can turn into something really horrible," added Alcala.
Friends, who dressed in blue -- Nuno's favorite color -- and carried blue balloons, said they want to celebrate his positive personality, not his tragic end.