(KUTV) - A deadly game of chance takes the life of a 12-year-old boy in South Jordan and now his mother, his football coach, and police have a message for other kids even thinking about games of risk.
Tua Maui was found unconscious at his home on Friday afternoon. The mother says he was playing the â€œfainting gameâ€ with his friends when she heard screams for help.
The game involves kids chocking themselves until they pass out. Tua never woke up.
â€œAnger, numbness, this canâ€™t be real. Itâ€™s not really happening, just heart wrenching,â€ said an emotional Celestia Maui to 2News. â€œIâ€™m hoping to get the message out to parents and children to not do these games that you see on YouTube and these challenges. They donâ€™t show the consequences.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no mom no father that should have to bury their kid over a game. A stupid game that didnâ€™t need to happen,â€ said a tearful Bryan Ellison who is Tuaâ€™s football coach.
Tuaâ€™s funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Tragically the family had to bury his father less than two years ago after he suddenly died of a blood clot and then stroke. Leaving Celestia with eight children to raise.
â€œI am concerned for my children to have so much asked of them to lose a father and a brother,â€ said Celestia.
Ellison took over in many ways as Tuaâ€™s father. Helping him to excel in football, a game he truly loved to play.
â€œCourage and fearless that was Tua to a tee,â€ said Ellison. â€œHe gave you every single thing he had all the time and he was afraid of nobody.â€
The case is still under investigation but South Jordan Police say there is no evidence of foul play and this looks to be nothing more than a tragic accident.
â€œWe have no reason to not believe what the family is telling us,â€ said Lt. Matt Pennington with South Jordan P.D. â€œThe â€˜Tide Podsâ€™, the â€˜fainting gameâ€™ any of these that are going around that are really gimmicks on the internet...can be very dangerous.
A fund has been set up to help the family at youcaring.com