North Habersham Middle School mourns student’s death

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  • Lucero Ramirez was all smiles when a clown came to visit her school.
    Lucero Ramirez was all smiles when a clown came to visit her school.
  • Mourners gathered Tuesday morning to pay respects at the funeral of North Habersham Middle School student Lucero Ramirez. Photo by ERIC PEREIRA
    Mourners gathered Tuesday morning to pay respects at the funeral of North Habersham Middle School student Lucero Ramirez. Photo by ERIC PEREIRA
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   The North Habersham Middle School community was saddened this weekend by the death of 14-year-old student Lucero Ramirez.
Ramirez passed away due to an illness.
   “We have been informed that one of our middle school students has passed away. Our hearts are broken by this very sad news and we will be praying for the family of this student,” Superintendent Matthew Cooper said.  
   “The North Habersham Middle School community is devastated and heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of our students,” Principal Adam Bagwell said. “My heart goes out to this student’s family, friends, and teachers. This student brought such joy to our school and she will be deeply missed by all.”
   A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family and had already raised $4,346 of its $5,000 goal by Tuesday afternoon. 
   “Lucero ‘Lucy’ Ramirez was one of the brightest lights many of us have ever known. Her laughter was contagious, her smile spread to everyone she met,” the narrative on the GoFundMe page reads. “And that was how she communicated with others, through her smile and actions. She was a lifelong student of Habersham County Schools. It was there that she became a valued member of her class, her school, and community. Lucy's favorite day of the year was when she shined as a Special Olympian. There is not a single person who met Lucy that will ever forget her.”
   The page is available online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-lucero-ramirez-final-expenses.
   A drop-in funeral was held Tuesday at Level Grove Baptist Church.
   No official source could confirm whether the illness was COVID-19 related. There were no 14-year-olds listed Tuesday afternoon on the list of Habersham County deaths from COVID-19 on the Department of Health web site.