Friends help raise money for 15-year-old's funeral costs; cause of death waiting on toxicology report
Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Issue 01, Volume 17.
Martin Campos, a student athlete at Fallbrook High School, was non-responsive and not breathing when paramedics
from North County fire arrived at the residence. CPR efforts were unsuccessful, said Sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Yates. Campos was pronounced dead at about 8:13 p.m.
Friends of Campos said his body was found at the home of a friend, and that his death appears to have involved an overdose of medication. This information has not yet been substantiated by authorities.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy on Campos' body on Jan. 7, but said the final cause of death won't be known for a few weeks.
"The toxicology reports can take up to 90 days to provide the information needed," said Lenore McDowell of the Medical Examiner's office.
According to Campos' godmother, Maggie Guzman, the young man was "a great kid, very family-oriented, and had many friends."
"Everything he said always came from the heart," said Guzman. "He never complained and was always positive. He always had a smile on his face."
Campos attended Vallecitos School in Rainbow through eighth grade and was currently attending Fallbrook High School.
"He played basketball, rugby, and football," said Guzman. "He was involved in two youth groups – at St. Peter's and Sonrise Christian Fellowship; and attended the Boys & Girls Club when he was younger.'
According to a friend of his named Andrea, "Martin was a great kid. He always knew how to make people smile and he brightened a room whenever he walked in. He was loved by everyone."
Campos was the son of Blanca and Louie Campos, but Guzman said, "He was also raised by Estela and Robert Perez, his aunt and uncle."
Guzman said the situation is understandably difficult for the family.
"Our family is going through a difficult time, but we know Heaven has to be happy because they have received a new angel," said Guzman. "He will be missed and cherished in our hearts forever."
A funeral mass has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Fallbrook. Campos' brothers and sisters are asking all attendees to wear white shirts in his honor.
Friends are seeking donations to help the family with burial expenses. They said donations towards that can be taken or sent to Berry-Bell & Hall Fallbrook Mortuary. (Call (760) 728-1689 for donation information.)
(previous story, January 5, 2013, 11:31 p.m.)
15-year-old boy dies in Fallbrook
The San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. has released some very preliminary information relating to a 15-year-old boy that
died in Fallbrook tonight.
Sgt. Patrick Yates said emergency responders were contacted shortly after 7:30 p.m. and arrived to a location in the 1200 block of Old Stage Road where they found a 15-year-old boy that was non responsive and not breathing.
"They arrived with the fire department and began CPR," said Yates. "The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at about 8:13 p.m."
Yates said the circumstances of the juvenile's death are unknown pending the results of the Medical Examiner's Office investigation.
The name of the decedent is not being released pending notification of family.
The Fallbrook Village News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.
Valley NewsAnza Valley OutlookFallbrook.orgSourcebookPDF VersionCoupon CornerSign up for iNewsEarthquake Info
356 Medical marijuan...
262 Arrests now numb...
246 13-year-old Fall...
208 Vote ‘yes’ on Pr...
205 Arrests now tota...
170 UPDATE: Authorit...
168 Man hit, killed ...
166 Marine commits s...
153 13-year-old Fall...
148 EXCLUSIVE UPDATE...
148 Little Mexico in...
145 Increased Noise ...
137 Fallbrook reside...
133 Methamphetamine ...
125 Mother-in-law ar...