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Boy Dies After Falling From Basketball Hoop

Andres Jovan Martinez was setting up his middle school gym for graduation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2011 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Albuquerque middle school student who fell from a basketball hoop while decorating for graduation has died. Andres Jovan Martinez died Sunday from injuries he sustained while setting up for his school's eighth-grade graduation last week. The sixth grader was getting the gym ready with his choir class when he ran from a 4-foot stage and launched himself toward a basketball hoop, lost his grip on the rim, and fell, suffering severe head injuries.

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His mother, Emma Martinez, told local TV reporters that when she first got the call, she thought he had a minor injury like a broken arm. But 12-year-old never woke up. She says her son's organs were donated and helped save six people. (Read more accidental death stories.)

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