Girl dies

Nevaeh Lewis

Hendersonville police confirmed they are investigating the death of a nine-year-old George Whitten Elementary School student who died over winter break.

Nevaeh Anne Lewis died Jan. 1 at Hendersonville Medical Center, according to an online obituary from Church and Chapel Funeral Service, LLC of Portland, Tenn.

“Neveah was such a loving, outgoing young lady who loved to dress up like a princess, sing and dance,” reads the obituary.

Hendersonville Police Department Detective Neal Harris confirmed police are investigating the death but provided few details. No criminal charges have been brought, and police are awaiting results from an autopsy, Harris added.

Neveah was a third-grade student at Whitten.

Sumner County Schools Spokesman Jeremy Johnson said that parents of students in the girl’s class were informed by letter of their classmate’s death by school principal Rhonda Roach. Roach and a school counselor also spoke with students in the girl’s class, Johnson added. Johnson said he did not know how the child died.

An effort via social media to raise money for a burial, funeral and headstone for the girl’s family raised more than $10,000. 

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