14-year-old New Jersey freshman girls soccer player dies at sleepover

SEWELL, N.J. —  Friends and teammates are mourning the sudden loss of a 14-year-old soccer player who died while attending a sleepover Saturday, authorities said.

The girl was identified as freshman Kara Lemanowicz on the Twitter page of Eastern Regional High School girls’ soccer. She would have started her new school year Tuesday.

It’s not yet known what caused the Voorhees girl’s death, but authorities say the death is not considered suspicious and no drug or alcohol use is suspected.

Authorities believe a medical condition may have caused the death, but further details were not disclosed.

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Authorities say the girl apparently died in her sleep. She and her teammates had spent the night outside in a tent, and the teen was unresponsive when her friends tried to wake her.

Emergency crews responded to the Barnsboro Road home in Sewell around 9 a.m. Saturday, and the girl was pronounced dead there a short time later.

Hours after Lemanowicz’s death, Eastern’s girls soccer team acknowledged its loss on Twitter: “ EGS lost one of our own this morning in Freshman Kara Lemanowicz. She went to sleep with a smile and among friends. RIP. We play for you.”

Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.) staff contributed to this report

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