Friends, family mourn teen who died from flu

January 21, 2013 3:23:08 AM PST
Dozens of friends and classmates wept as they remembered Mark Hollaway, a friendly and outgoing high school freshman who loved his family and took pride in his school work.

The 14-year-old Hollaway died last week from the flu.

The state's Department of Health says that the Westfield High School honor student was not sick before he got the flu. In fact, he was a healthy teenager with no underlying medical conditions.

Officials also confirm he did not get a flu shot and is the third child to die from a flu-related illness this season.

His closest friends say it is hard to sit in a classroom and not see him.

"I really loved him," friend Jaris Owens said. "He was like a brother. Appreciate your friends while you have them."

Eyewitness News is told that Hollaway was an accomplished writer. At just 9 years old, he had a poem published called "Superhero," after his grandfather.

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