In a letter to the District 308 community Saturday afternoon, Superintendent John Sparlin confirmed the Friday passing of Oswego East High School junior Darion Verner.
According to several sources, Verner became ill at the school during the day Friday and was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was 16 years old.
"As a district family and community, we are all grieving the loss of this young life," Sparlin wrote in his letter to parents. "Darion will be remembered for his love of basketball, his love for playing the drums, as a son, as a big brother and as a friend to many. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family, friends, and our students."
Sparlin announced that counselors will be available at OEHS from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for anyone who may need help dealing with this tragedy. Psychologists and social workers, as well as the Kendall County Crisis Team, will also be on hand at the school in the coming days, Sparlin said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been established to aid the Verner family through this difficult time. As of Saturday night, the fund had raised about $4,500 in just eight hours.
Donations can be made byclicking here. Funeral arrangements for Darion are still pending.