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Sunday
Jun122011

Eighth Grader Collapses and Dies at School Dance

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision(SAN MARCOS, Calif.) -- A California community is mourning the loss of 14-year-old Sabrina Keller, who collapsed at a school dance and died at a hospital.

Keller was named San Marcos County's top Girl Scout cookie seller after selling 3,463 boxes of cookies, according to the North County Times. San Marcos is a city about 40 miles north of San Diego.

Keller collapsed at about 9 p.m. Thursday night while on the dance floor at a Woodland Park Middle School dance, ABC's San Diego affiliate KGTV reports.

According to the school principal, a parent who is a nurse performed CPR on Keller while others at the dance called 911. Emergency crews arrived on the scene, and Keller was flown to Rady Children's Hosptial where she was pronounced dead an hour later.

About 250 students were at the dance celebrating the end of their eighth grade year.

An autopsy completed Friday was inconclusive and the Medical Examiner's office will be conducting further tests, which could take up to 90 days.

KGTV reported that the medical examiner is looking into the possibility Keller used marijuana before the dance, but school officials and the girl's parents said that doesn't fit with the Sabrina Keller they knew.

"I know the media can sometimes jump to conclusions, but let's keep it  positive that she still was a good girl," her father, Brian Keller, said at a vigil for his daughter, hugging his wife and choking back tears. "If she made a bad choice, let's not take her down for that one bad choice if that's what the true outcome is."

Hundreds of friends, family and community members attended a vigil for Keller on Friday and shared their memories of the vibrant teenager.

The Keller family made a Facebook page for a memorial service, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14.

The family says there will be an empty photo album at the memorial for people to put photos in that they would like the family to have. They also ask that everyone wear "fun bright colors (no black)."

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