Vigil: Students remember Elyria honors student who died after routine dental surgery

Published: Jan. 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2011 at 12:16 AM EST
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ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - A school-wide vigil was held Friday morning at Eastern Heights Middle School to remember and honor a 13-year-old student.

"Her mother was here she took the microphone, it was very emotional, she thanked all of us for the support that her and the family received through this difficult time," Principal Kim Benetto.

Marissa Kingery was undergoing oral surgery at the Lorain Dental Offices of Henry B. Mazorow on December 21st when she was rushed to Mercy Regional Medical Center. She was then taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where she was kept alive on life support for two weeks. Sadly, the honors student never recovered and died on Monday.

The Cuyahoga County Coroner's office confirmed that an autopsy has been completed, but is not giving a ruling until more test results come back.

Counselors were available and were meeeting with Marisssas classmates on Friday.

The family's attorney says it is not yet clear what caused the medical emergency. Marissa's parents are considering filing a lawsuit for the death of their only child.

"Her mother, I have to say, is an incredible woman with incredible stength. I don't know where she finds it. She said it was very healing for her," Principal Kim Benetto.

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