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Classmates remember Bossier City student who died from flu

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Kaitlyn Mills was a third grade student Central Park Elementary School when she died on January 8 of complications from the H1N1 virus. Kaitlyn Mills was a third grade student Central Park Elementary School when she died on January 8 of complications from the H1N1 virus.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The Bossier City elementary school student who died earlier this month from complications of the flu was remembered Wednesday at a special ceremony attended by classmates and family.
Kaitlyn Mills was a third grade student Central Park Elementary School when she died on January 8 from complications from the H1N1 virus.  It's been a difficult and emotional few weeks for students and teachers. "Every girl that you ask, would say Kaitlyn was their best friend," said teacher Lydia Cranford.
     
The loss of Mills, known by her nickname "Ladybug," has been devastating for everyone who knew her. "We talked about trying to be strong for them, but we also decided it's okay if they see us cry, because it's all part of it," said Cranford.

To help keep Mills' memory alive, her school had her family plant a tree. School leaders made sure to pick a Red Maple, because the leaves will turn magenta, the closest to the 8-eight-year olds' favorite color: pink.  
     
Mills' mom Kristian Brown explained the tree has special meaning for her. "I know she's probably so happy and proud and twirling around everywhere because of this tree," she said.
"I think it's a beautiful symbol of her, because that's what she liked, she liked being outside."
 
Many of Mills' classmates had tears in their eyes, but Brown explained her daughter wouldn't want her friends and family to be sad. "You got to keep going, you got to keep living, now you just have even more of a reason and a purpose to be where she is one day," she said. 
 
School leaders say they hope the memorial service will begin the healing process for many of their students. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, Mills' death is the first one reported for a child from the virus in Louisiana this year.

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