Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a game for teenagers last week when he cited a player with a "yellow card." Portillo was taking note of the infraction in his notebook (which soccer referees use to keep track of penalties) when the player, enraged, punched him in the face. Portillo then sat down and began vomiting blood. At the hospital, his health quickly deteriorated.
The player, who is 17, remains at juvenile detention. Originally charged with aggravated assault, he will know face more serious charges after the death of Portillo.