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School District Confirms Death of Westfield High School Student

District extends sympathy to family.

This story was updated at 1:05 p.m. Thursday to include comments made by Principal Peter Renwick.

Westfield school district officials confirmed the death of a Westfield High School student Thursday morning. 

Westfield schools spokesperson Lorre Korecky issued the following statement on behalf of the district: "The High School was notified today by a family member of the off-campus death yesterday of one of our students.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family, and we respect the privacy of the family at this very difficult time."

A source told Patch the student, believed to be a male freshman, died from complications from the flu but the district had not confirmed that at press time. 

"My heart goes out to the student’s family and friends," said WHS Principal Peter Renwick. "Our teachers and counselors are ready to provide support and guidance to classmates as we grieve this loss together."

When asked for additional details, Renwick said any further information released would come through the superintendent's office.

Patch will update this story as information becomes available. 

karen egert January 17, 2013 at 06:03 PM
My deepest sympathies go out to the family.
Jessie January 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM
this is terrible.....our heartfelt sympathies!!! praying for the family and friends of this young person....
IheartCranford January 17, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Hearfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends.
Nancy L. January 17, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Condolences to the the family.
South Westfielder January 17, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Thoughts and prayers to the family of this student and as I send them, the same to all parents who have lost a child.
L. Busby January 17, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I am heartbroken for this family.
faith January 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM
god bless this family. i am heartbroken for them as well.
Andrea Lopez January 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
My daughter was friends with this boy. She is devastated about this tragedy. Our heart goes out to the family.

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