Durham girl killed in CA apartment fire

Adileni Gomez Macedo

July 27, 2010 3:40:50 PM PDT
The staff at Oak Grove Elementary School in Durham is dealing with the loss of a fellow student.Adileni Gomez Macedo died in an apartment fire in San Jose California early Sunday morning and nine others were injured.

The 8-year-old was there visiting family for a christening.

Click here to view messages honoring Macedo

Macedo's death has hit the staff of Oak Grove Elementary hard.

"This is going to be a very difficult time as soon as the school doors open and the prepare for their other child to return to school and there's one missing so this is when it's going to be crucial for us to really be there for that family," Oak Grove Elementary Principal Andrea Carroll said.

Macedo was a rising third grader. Her second grade teacher says she remembers Macedo talking about her upcoming trip to California and how excited she was.

"It's like a family member," Carroll said. "It's like we've lost a family member and it's so devastating to the teacher. She just felt she could not even be present to talk about it because it's just so hard, because it was like her child."

The principal has notified staff of the tragic loss of Macedo and the school is putting together a plan to help students cope when they return at the end of August.

"It's difficult for everyone and I feel it will be difficult for everyone when they return because it will be a missing face in the classroom," Carroll said.

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