EVERETT — Family and friends are grieving the death of a 13-year-old Evergreen Middle School student.
The girl was a talented artist and a member of the Rainbow Unity Club at the school, her grandmother said Thursday. Students plan to plant flowers outside the school in her memory. They also are asking that people wear purple, her favorite color, May 18.
The family has asked for time and understanding. A celebration of life is planned for 4 p.m. May 18 at Bailey AME Church, 2908 12th Street.
Evergreen Principal Christine Avery sent a message to families about the student’s death. The Everett School District is working closely with the girl’s relatives. They’ve asked that people respect the family and be cautious about speculation on social media.
A crisis response team met to plan extra support for students and staff. The district works with Sea Mar Community Health Centers, which has school-based programs at campuses including Evergreen Middle.
“We also appreciate the many parents that picked up their student and brought them home to be supported by their families during this difficult time,” Avery wrote.
Students can write letters or cards and drop them off at the school’s main office to be delivered to the family.
“Losing a classmate can be overwhelming and difficult to process,” Avery wrote. “You can help your child by simply talking and listening to them.”
Authorities have not released the cause of death. Everett police responded to the emergency call earlier this week and do not suspect foul play.
Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; firstname.lastname@example.org.