Students remember classmate after untimtely death

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Updated: 3/26/2013 9:28 am Published: 3/25/2013 8:29 pm

Students in Owasso are remembering a fifth grader who passed away unexpectedly while on a Spring Break trip with his family.

Edwin Robles went to Northeast Elementary School.

Monday, students wore red to celebrate his life that ended tragically over the weekend. School leaders, at the rest of the Robles family, wouldn't comment on the boy's death, only that it happened while he and his family were returning from a trip to Mexico.

One district parent tells FOX23's Janai Norman talking about Edwin Robles with her own fifth grader was something she couldn't ignore.

"He was just a wonderful young man and we're really going to miss him," Cassidy Lowman said. Her daughter has gone to school with Robles for several years.

"She just really liked him, there was just something about him she really enjoyed."

Mackenzie Oestreich's younger sister also knew Edwin and shared similar feelings.

"He always had a smile on his face, super sweet, he was just amazing," Oestreich said.

One thing Lowman and Oestreich shared was telling younger family members about the boy's death.

Oestreich said, "It was just really sad, and I had to break the news to her."

"We were a bit concerned about her hearing about it from a friend," Lowman began. "So we wanted to make sure we had a chance to talk to her about it ourselves because we didn't know how she would take it."

Like many parents, Lowman says this was the first time she had to talk with her grade-school daughter about death. Although the details are still scarce, Lowman says she wanted to make sure she was open, allowing her daughter to deal with the loss accordingly.

"They are still young, and they don't really understand death like adults too, especially if they've never had to experience it with a loved one or someone they were close too. You want to make sure that you're allowing them to ask all the questions they need so they are processing it appropriately."

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