Saturday, May 13, 2017

Girl collapses while playing basketball before dying

Kimberly Nuestro was playing basketballl when she collapsed.

KIMBERLY NUESTRO loved her family, basketball, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors NBA team.

The Filipina/American teenager collapsed Saturdayd while playing with her AAU baseketball team and later died at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Doctors still don't know what caused the death of the 16-year old student at Homestead High in Cupertino, Calif. An autopsy will take several weeks before it can determine the exact cause of death.

“She was a humble leader,” her father Ramir Nuestro told Prep2Prep. “But she also brought lots of excitement and a winning attitude.”

Kimberly was the junior varsity captain on Homestead’s girls basketball team where students wore Warriors jerseys to show their support for the Nuestro family. They also launched a social media campaign for the Warriors star Stephen Curry to sign Kimberly's No. 30 basketball shoes in her honor.

When he learned of the request, Curry signed teh shoes and told the school newspaper, “It’s obviously an unfortunate situation for her family. Heard her story, how much she loved basketball, how much she loved watching us play.”

“I wish I could have met (Kimberly) before she passed,” Curry told the school newspaper. “But this is a small token for her family, to I guess know that there’s a lot of people thinking about them, [to help them] with what they’re going through and to hopefully honor her life with those shoes.”

Known for her smile, passion for basketball and love for Curry and the Warriors, Kimberly was an amazing daughter, her father told the Mercury News.

“She’s so simple,” he added through tears. “She liked baking. She liked cooking pancakes. She is so simple and quiet. She does her homework, straight A’s in school. Her dream is to have a simple life, have two kids, two boys. The smile that she has and the look that she has touched a lot of people. She helped people do homework."

“She was a popular kid on campus,” athletic director Charlie Bostic said Thursday (May 9) “We have people on campus who are available for the kids,” he added.
A candlelight vigil  for Kimberly will be held on Tuesday night at the high school and her funeral is being planned for Friday.

The family has set up a gofundme.com account to help pay for her funeral expenses. It can be found here.
###