UPDATE: Funeral services planned for Winfield teen

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WINFIELD, Kan. -- Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winfield.

Taylor Murphy was a sophomore and cheerleader at Winfield High School.

The 15-year-old collapsed at cheer practice last Thursday. She later passed away at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

Murphy's step father said the cause of her death has not been released. He also wanted to thank the community for their support.

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A Kansas high school student is dead after collapsing during cheer practice yesterday.

It happened around 5 p.m. Thursday at Winfield High School. A family member said 15-year-old Taylor Murphy became short of breath during practice and collapsed. Staff called 911 and she was rushed to an area hospital where she later died.

The cause of the high school sophomore's death is currently unknown.

The high school's principal said Murphy was well-liked by her peers and teachers.

"It's been a very difficult time for all of our students and our staff," said Principal Trenton Creeden. "She was very popular, very well liked, just a bright, beautiful, wonderful young lady."

Murphy's step-father said she was a healthy teen and participated in various activities, including cheer, volleyball, and choir.

Some students in both Winfield and Arkansas City wore pink today to show support for Murphy.

The superintendent said additional grief counselors were at the high school.

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