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Friday, September 21 Local

Colchester boy’s death linked to flu

A Colchester 6-year-old has died from complications of the flu, making him at least the third child in the state to die of flu-related illness this season.

According to his obituary on the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home web site, DeMarcus Stanley White, 6, died Feb. 21 from “consequences of influenza.” His death comes within a week of that of Emma Splan, 6, of Norwalk, who died Feb. 18, of flu complications, and roughly a month after the death of 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi of New Canaan from the disease.

In Connecticut, 97 people have died from flu-related illness this season as of Feb. 17, according to the state Department of Public Health. The state reports that 6,267 people have tested positive for the illness, and 1,951 people have been hospitalized with the illness.

The obituary called DeMarcus a child who “captured the hearts of so many and we thank all who were blessed to be a part of his life. He fought hard to come to this earth and in his short time here made a huge impact on everyone. His beautiful smile and charming charisma will be dearly missed and NEVER forgotten.”

A GoFundMe page for the family (https://www.gofundme.com/56sxhgg) had raised more than $16,000 toward a $15,000 goal by Sunday evening.

Amanda Cuda|Reporter, Sunday reporter/editor

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