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May 29, 2015 5:17 PM

Concord 6th-grader Natalie Velez remembered for her smile


CONCORD - The Concord community is coming together to pay tribute to a 6th grader who died this week. Natalie Velez was most recently a student at Rundlett Middle School.

A letter went out to parents Thursday informing them Natalie had suffered a medical emergency and later died at the hospital.

Word of her passing spread fast through social media, with many students telling each other to wear pink to school on Friday as it was Natalie's favorite color.

Natalie and her twin sister attended Christa McAuliffe Elementary last year. Natalie's 5th grade teacher Mike Pelletier walked with his new class to the Velez family home Friday to deliver handmade cards the students made.

Pelletier describes Natalie as an inspiration to everyone who met her.

"She couldn't speak, but you could see in her eyes she had to much to say," Pelletier said.

Grief counselors were available for students Friday.


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