DCF investigating death of Fall River elementary school student

Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School

Public school administrators in Fall River said Friday that a student at the Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School has died.

Superintendent Matthew Malone said in a statement that the student died Thursday night, but the circumstances were not immediately known.

"At this time, details have not been fully released. We are deeply saddened by this loss," Malone said.

While police told NBC 10 News the death is not suspicious, a spokeswoman from the Department of Children and Families said they “received a report on this tragic situation and is investigating.”

Parents told NBC 10's Ashley Cullinane that their children are heartbroken over the loss of their classmate, adding that the student was an 11-year-old boy.

The student's name was not released, but the district said the child was a fifth grader at the school.

Malone said grief counseling would be available to students, families and staff from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fonseca Elementary School, 160 Wall St.

"We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and ask you to keep the child’s family, friends, and Fonseca community in your thoughts as we all continue to deal with this very difficult situation," Malone said.

In a statement, Mayor Jasiel Correia II shared similar sentiments.

"We as a City express our deepest condolences to the family,” Correia said. “Our public school department has made arrangements for grief counselors to be available to all who may want or need to speak to one. Our hearts are heavy for this family and hope the public and media can respect their privacy during this incredibly difficult time."

Roughly 685 students go to the school.

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