Vigil held in honor of teen who died after competing in swim meet

Family members and friends of Brian Yuen gathered Sunday evening to remember the 17-year-old who died after competing in a swim meet on Saturday. The cause of his death is unknown.

Sunday, the community gathered for a vigil in honor of Brian Yuen, the 17-year-old Fort Bend ISD student who died over the weekend.

His friends and family chose to focus on celebrating his life, and his accomplishments as an athlete and a student. 

Yuen suffered a medical emergency during his Clements High School swim meet in Sugar Land Saturday morning.

Brian’s brother, Arthur Yuen, told KHOU 11 News, the family still doesn’t know the cause of death.                 

“Brian was one of the healthiest people I’ve ever met. He was in perfect shape, super athletic and it just happened randomly. So suddenly,” said Yuen.

Hundreds of people wearing blue for Brian, joined Arthur Yuen at the steps of the Don Cook Natatorium, inside is where Brian had collapsed.

“He had CPR at the pool for 15 minutes and then he was rushed to the ER and they tried to revive him for 45 minutes, that’s what I heard. But he just never responded,” said Yuen.

Arthur wasn’t at the swim meet, as he’s also a swimmer, away at SMU. Kate Mussler, a childhood friend, happened to be at the swim meet.

“First it was shock, then the whole Clements swim team was just crying,” said Mussler. “He was the most motivated person in the pool. He was always there to help everyone else and he was shy but if you got to know him, he was just absolutely a blessing.”

Chris Robbins is the father of a swimmer that befriended the Yuen brothers at First Colony Middle School. He was Brian’s carpool for many years.

“He didn’t say much, he would just give you that little smile,” said Robbins.

Where Brian swam for the last time, may always be a tragic memory; but for at least one night, it became a place of light and love.

“All in all, he’s someone that will live on in my heart as someone that’s gonna push me to be the best I can be,” said Arthur Yuen.

Grief counselors will be available at Clements High School this week.

If you would like to help the Yuen family, a GoFundMe page has been set up.


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