A 15-year-old boy who had been drinking with friends at a park in Turlock died Monday night after he fell unconscious and stopped breathing, the Turlock Police Department reported.
The police department did not release the name of the boy, but Turlock High School identified him as sophomore Estevan Nuno.
“The Turlock High School community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one our students, sophomore Estevan Nuno,” THS wrote on a Facebook post. “We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased. THS counselors, chaplains, and Jessica's House are available to support students and staff who are grieving. This has been a very difficult year for our campus and we are thankful for our Bulldog staff and community partners for their assistance.”
The Turlock police and fire departments were notified shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday that a teenage boy had stopped breathing at Crane Park at 1555 E. Canal Drive. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and immediately began to administer CPR on the teenager. Turlock Fire and American Medical Response personnel arrived at the park and took over CPR, but despite the life-saving measures undertaken, Nuno was pronounced deceased at the park.
“Preliminary information provided to detectives indicate that the juvenile was at Crane Park with friends consuming alcohol when he stopped breathing,” Turlock Police Sgt. Russ Holeman said in a news release. “It is too early in the investigation to know if alcohol was a contributing factor in his death. Witnesses on scene have been cooperative with this investigation.”
This marked the third death the THS campus has experienced since the start of the school year. On Sept. 7, Kaden Farro died in an ATV accident and on Oct. 12, Thaily Gutierrez died in a vehicle collision.
Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to call Detective Jason Watson at (209) 668-6557. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can remain anonymous.