Hawkins Elementary mourns the loss of a first grader

By Sheri Falk - bio | email 

 HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students and staff at Hawkins Elementary School are mourning the loss of a first grader who died unexpectedly.

School Officials said, D'Miracle Walley, 7,  complained of a stomach ache at the schools Valentine's Day party on Monday.

The students Mother Shirlina Walley was called to pick her up, she then called the school Wednesday morning to say her daughter was still sick and she would not be at school again. Shortly after, the 7 year old suddenly died.

Hawkins Elementary School Officials brought in Grief Counselor's from Pine Belt Mental Health Thursday morning, to speak to staff and students about the unforeseen tragedy. Crisis Response Coordinator Julia Brown, was one of them.

"Adults may think the less they talk about it the better they are, but kids are eager to talk and share what their feeling and how much they will miss their friend. Some of them could be frightened about what could happen to them, so it's important to reassure them."

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but it's believed to be from complications related to pneumonia. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said, the first graders body has been taken to UMC in Jackson for an autopsy. He hopes to have the results by Friday.

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