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Local woman collapses at youth football game, dies days later
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas
A local woman collapsed at a youth football game on Oct. 2.
She died two days later.
Her family is left searching for answers answers, but an athletic community has come together to ensure the last thing family members have to worry about is money.
"Everybody around here at the park did what they could to save her life," said Malcolm Smith, Valerie Smith's husband.
Valerie Smith was watching a Northeast Raider intermediate football game.
"One of our kids scored a touchdown, she jumped up and cheered, gave her a little 'woohoo' and then she sat down," Malcolm said.
Soon after, Valerie collapsed.
Fans, spectators and referees all swarmed the sidelines.
"It was terrible. I mean, when the referees first called us over, we thought there was a fight going on because of all the crowd that was there and everything," said Joe Ramos, head of the Northeast Raider football program.
Valerie died in the hospital two days later.
"Right now I'm thinking it was a heart attack. My wife did have heart issues in the past and right now, that's what I'm thinking it was," Malcolm said.
The Smiths have two young boys who've played for the youth football league for years.
Ramos calls them a vital part of the program.
"We have set up an account at Wells Fargo in case anyone wants to make donations to help the family out for funeral expenses or whatever they can use the money for," Malcolm said.
"That is so awesome. It's not just a team, it's the actual community or the group of people that we're actually surrounded by," Malcolm said.
The Wells Fargo account in Valerie Smith's name is # 2115681567.