Student At Santa Monica High School Dies Of Mystery Illness

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A Santa Monica High School student has died of an unknown illness for the second time since October.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District officials issued a statement Sunday announcing the death of 18-year-old Kelly Cano, whose mother Sandra is herself a school nurse, quoted doctors as saying the deadly condition is not believed to have been Norovirus.

Classmates took to social media to express shock and grief over Cano’s death and held an impromptu memorial Sunday night, according to reports.

Her death was the second since Oct. 25, 2016, when 10th-grader Vanai Jelks died after falling ill following a cheerleading tournament. A cause of death has not been determined.

It also comes on the heels of the Feb. 3 closing of John Adams Middle School due to an outbreak of a mysterious illness suspected of having been norovirus, which occurred during a school trip to Yosemite.

The school was cleaned over the weekend and reopened a week ago today.

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  1. Emily Arms says:

    An extremely misleading headline about two students’ deaths at SAMOHI. Not only do these headlines seem to suggest that these two incidents were related (four months apart!), but they irresponsibly fan the flames of panic among a community reeling from the recent Norovirus outbreak and the tragic deaths of these innocent young students. PLEASE re-write this headline to be more truthful, and less misleading. Inflammatory headlines like these hurt our families, students and the entire Santa Monica community.

  2. Emily Arms says:

    Both the Santa Monica Observer and the Patch ran extremely misleading headlines about two students’ deaths at SAMOHI.

    This might be expected as they are small time, small town news outlets.

    I expect more from my local CSB affiliate.

    Not only does YOUR headline seem to suggest that these two incidents were related (four months apart!), but they irresponsibly fan the flames of panic among a community reeling from the recent Norovirus outbreak and the unrelated tragic deaths of these innocent young students.

    I urge you to revise your headline to a more accurate portrayal of the facts that shows some respect for the family going through this unspeakable tragedy.

    Inflammatory headlines like these hurt our families, students and the entire Santa Monica community.

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