Family of meningitis victim seeking help


The family of the Killeen child who died from meningitis is reaching out to the community for support.

8-year-old Damont’e DeShannon was diagnosed earlier this week with bacterial meningitis.  He died on Wednesday.

His family has started a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses.

The Saegert Elementary 2nd grader wanted to be a firefighter, according to the fundraiser.

Parents had been notified when the case was first discovered.

The statement said that Saegert Elementary is continuing classes and that the school is safe and no other cases of meningitis have been reported.

The statement further said, ” Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and teachers of the student. Killeen ISD has counseling teams on hand at Saegert today (Thursday) to provide support services to children.”

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