Las Lomas Student Dies After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage While Working Out

May 23, 2013 21:09 pm · 25 comments


A student at a Walnut Creek high school died after an incident at a gym earlier this week, the school principal said.

Amir Khakimov, who had been attending Las Lomas High School for about a year and half after moving to Contra Costa County from Uzbekistan, was pronounced dead at the hospital on Tuesday night after suffering a grave head injury, principal Matt Campbell said.

The student, who was in the English learner program at the school, was lifting weights at a local gym last week when he suffered a brain hemorrhage, Campbell said. He was taken to the hospital were he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead several days later.

While in the hospital the tight-knit English learners community and members of the school’s wrestling team visited Khakimov, Campbell said.

He said he was known around campus because of his wrestling skills. He is survived by two younger brothers and his parents.

According to his Facebook page he lived in Walnut Creek and was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

He listed that he attended a school there from which he graduated in 2009. “His family is in need,” Campbell said. “The family of course is grieving.”

The high school community is collecting money to give to the family. Funds can be dropped off at the school, located at 1460 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek. Following the unexpected death, Campbell said the school is focused on supporting the students. “Our main concern is helping our students,” he said. This year’s yearbook will have a page dedicated to Khakimov, and the student council has put flowers around campus in his honor along with a large paper poster for students to write messages.

The art department has opened their facilities for students and staff to make cards for Khakimov and his family, Campbell said.

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DMZ May 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Gods Speed.

itsme May 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

How very sad. my condolences to his family and all who are grieving at school.

Mary May 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I wish there was a way to detect Brain Hemorrhage before it burst. My mother died of that and so did my grandfather, and a cousin survived it. just like they do Heart inspection which there was a Brain inspection to prevent future Hemorrhage in the Brain.

Dr. Wiz May 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

lifting too much weight for a small frame.
Someone should be monitoring all workouts at high school. Peer pressure makes some do stupid things.

What_Else_Is_NewS May 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

This is awful! So young & poor kid had a life to live.
God bless the parents, sorry for your loss.

Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I went to LL and was in the weight lifting program… It wasnt great and many people lifted beyond their means. WCI had an amazing weight training program and the teacjers really watched the students for proper technique… I personally didnt like the atmosphere of LL weight room it didn’t feel safe

??? May 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I don’t understand…the prinicpal said he “suffered a grave head injury”. Foes that mean some outside trauma caused the hemorrhage?

Mom of the Horde May 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Actually, the principal did NOT disclose to the parents and students that it happened at a local gym. The rumors going around at school vary widely according to my son.

That poor family. Amir was widely liked at LLHS. Nice kid by all accounts.

Dee May 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

If you reread the article he was lifting at a LOCAL gym not the school gym

nytemuvr May 24, 2013 at 12:08 AM

@Mary #3
That’s two different types of organs, the brain has hundreds of veins and arteries (very tiny) where as the heart is just a big muscle with few large ones. Medicine isn’t that advanced yet and the majority of it is just plain genetics.
RIP Amir

Frank C. May 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

how awful trajedy to the family anda the school..

jy thoughts to this tragedy.

What_Else_Is_NewS May 24, 2013 at 1:22 AM

@Anonymous I went to LL as well & LL did not do anything right.
Why graduated early myself. So I believe it when you say there weight liftying class wasn’t good.

Ms.P. May 24, 2013 at 3:03 AM

So sorry the parents have to go through have this happen there had to be some sort of trauma to his head–either recently or over a long period of time. Interesting…..

anon May 24, 2013 at 5:09 AM

I am so sorry to hear about this. I didn’t know the young man directly, but observed him at wrestling matches…By all accounts, he was a good kid and gave off a good air…Prayers to his family while they mourn the finality of his passing/

anonokat May 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of such a young man. Prayers to his family and to his friends and classmates at Los Lomas.

Grower4ever May 24, 2013 at 6:46 AM


Kenny May 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

RIP Amir, I’m so sorry for this young man and his family.

Spark Baldman May 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

At #12 What else is new.
Blame the school! Way to go. Sounds like you need to go back to basic English to me. You sound like a snotty little brat. Best wishes to the students family.

Joe A May 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Wow so sad. Kids don’t die like this. Just like when some HS athlete drops in the middle of a game, some people have freak heart, brain, blood vessel conditions at an early age. There is really no way at present to detect this except through family history. It is entirely genetic. About 10-15 more years with better scanning and genetic tests we’ll be able to filter out a lot of this and provide preventative treatment. Condolences to family and friends.

Willis May 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Too dang young to go. Sorry to hear another gut wrenching story as this.

"Give it a Rest!' May 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Amir’s family, friends, and classmates. Rest in Peace Amir!

Lori R May 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

God Bless the family. I just dropped off a small donation, to help out

anon May 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Why a donation??
The family can’t bury him themselves ??

Mom of the Horde May 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Most people don’t making financial plans involving their otherwise healthy child spending a week in the ICU and then a funeral….

steve-o May 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM

weightlifting causes an increase in blood pressure. Lifting a real heavy load can make it spike to unsafe levels. My doctor told me to lift only light weights years ago and to provide adequate rest between sets.

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