Longwood student dies after battling illness that ‘rapidly progressed’


A Longwood High School student has died after struggling with an illness that “rapidly progressed,” Longwood schools Superintendent Lance Lohman said in a letter to the community Monday afternoon.

Scotty Feliciano Amaya died over the weekend, Lohman reported, while noting the child’s “genuine kindness” that “touched the lives of so many.”

“Scotty’s teachers consistently shared stories reflecting the special bond and positive relationships he maintained with friends,” Lohman wrote, “along with the close connections he made with our faculty and staff who hd the great fortune of working with him.

“His infectious smile and laughter brightened the days of everyone around him,” Lohman added.

Lohman said the high school’s counselors and crisis team are assisting students, staff and faculty affected by Amaya’s death. They will continue to be available in the coming days, he added.

“The loss of any student in our community is a tragedy for every one of us,” Lohman said. “We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Scotty’s family during this extremely difficult time.”

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