Dozens of teenagers gathered in Chula Vista 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, teen David Nuno was hanging out with friends at his Eastlake 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.
Officials said the high school student had been watching online clips of the so-called “pass-out game” before he fell. After imitating what he saw, he lost consciousness and fell face first to the ground. The boy had been trying to make himself pass out or had passed out prior to the fall, according to Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge.
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.
“He was very funny, very lovable. A person you couldn't forget. I saw him just last week and it's so surreal,” said friend June Favela.
According to a medical examiner’s report released Wednesday night, Nuno had just turned 15 on Sept. 16.