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Candlelight vigil for deceased teen

Update: 10:08 pm, 9/29/13, Sunday CHAMPAIGN -- Teens celebrated the birthday of a friend whose life was cut short.
Update: 10:08 pm, 9/29/13, Sunday
CHAMPAIGN -- Teens celebrated the birthday of a friend whose life was cut short. The group met Sunday in West Side Park to honor Nancy Phetchareune.

The 15-year old died suddenly a week ago from health failure. Sunday would have been her 16th birthday.

Her friends wrote messages on balloons, said a prayer and released them. Another event to remember Nancy will be held in about two weeks at Urbana's homecoming football game.
Original: 10:04 pm, 9/27/13, Friday
URBANA -- People at a candlelight vigil remember a 15-year old girl who died suddenly last Sunday. Nancy Phetchareune was found at her family's home. They believe she may have died from heart failure.

Nancy's big sister wants to give the people who loved her closure. Gennie Phetchareune was actually the one who found Nancy dead. She found Nancy after there was no answer at the door to her family's home. She tried CPR, but it was too late.

The sudden loss is what brought friends and family here. Nearly 50 people gathered on the steps of Urbana High School, some crying, others reflecting on their friend or family member.

Nancy had just started her sophomore year at Urbana. Her family says she was an artist, loved by many people which was evident at the vigil. Gennie said Nancy was a wonderful person.

"Her family, we know that and we see that she has a lot of friends, and that she was loved by many people. It isn't surprising, because she was a sweet, kind, caring, loving little girl."

Gennie says her sister was not sick and had no history of known health problems. In fact, she had baked a sugar-free cake for her dad's birthday that morning.

The funeral will be Saturday. There are plans to honor her with a balloon release at the homecoming game in two weeks.
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