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Official says deceased 12-year-old had fluid in lungs

Jeremy Nelson/Family Photo

Jeremy Nelson/Family Photo

BUFORD — An autopsy completed Monday afternoon found that the 12-year-old seventh-grader who died Saturday following a basketball game had fluid in his lungs.

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office said Jeremy Nelson’s condition demonstrated “marked pulmonary edema.”

Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator, said that “tests are underway to determine the cause.”

Nelson, a Buford Middle School student, collapsed Saturday during a Gwinnett Basketball League all-star game at the Suwanee Sports Academy and died later at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home—North Gwinnett Chapel in Buford is handling the service. The date and time of the service have not yet been announced. The funeral home is located at 201 Morningside Drive, Buford.

Nelson’s passing marks the fourth death of a young person from Buford in less than a calendar year.