TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) -- The Turlock Police Department is investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who died at Crane Park Monday night.
“It’s really, really hard. It was shock when I found him,” said Estevan Nuno’s mother, Lourdes Alvarez.
Nuno’s family was devastated after police said he stopped breathing while consuming alcohol with friends at the park.
Around 8:20 p.m., responding officers performed CPR followed by paramedics, but despite their efforts, the Turlock High School student died.
Police investigators said they are determining exactly what led to his death. But if alcohol was a contributing factor, the person who supplied the alcohol could possibly face criminal charges.
FOX40 reached out to Nuno’s high school where grievance counselors and a chaplain were on hand for students. A prepared statement read in part:
The Turlock High School community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one our students, sophomore Estevan Nuno. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased. ... This has been a very difficult year for our campus and we are thankful for our Bulldog staff and community partners for their assistance.
Nuno’s death is the third this year. Six months ago, another Turlock High School student died in an ATV accident. Then last week, another died in a car crash.
His uncle said he will miss their special time together.
“I know we always used to go outside and walk together, like good friends, like good friends,” he told FOX40. “We used to chat outside, play. I miss all those things.”
His mother said she has been left with an empty space in her heart.
“He will come to me and give me a hug and a kiss and, ‘I love you mom,’” she said.
Those who would like to help Nuno's family can drop off donations at the market at 3505 Central Ave., Ceres.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call 209-668-6557.