Elijah HernandezSAN MARCOS, TX — Police say 17-year-old Elijah Hernandez died after being placed in a chokehold while wrestling with another teen at a sleepover.

Seven male and female friends from Hays High School were having a sleepover when Hernandez and another teen began wrestling at around 1:27 a.m. Sunday.

At one point Hernandez was put in a choke hold and was told to tap out. He didn’t, and by time the teen released Hernandez from the neck restraint Hernandez was already unconscious.

When the teens saw that Hernandez had stopped breathing and his lips were turning blue, they woke up the adults in the house and called 911.

Paramedics arrived at the home where one of the adults was performing CPR on the teen. Hernandez was taken to Seton Medical Center Hays where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

San Marcos police spokesperson Kristi Wyatt says Hernandez’ death has been ruled accidental and that charges are unlikely to be filed against the other teen.

Yesterday, family and friends gathered at a park where they released balloons in memory of Hernandez and left messages on the teen’s car.

“I’m really not a good speaker, but I did teach him how to dance,” his father said to those in attendance. “I know y’all know he can throw some moves out there!”

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