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Marengo martial arts studio seeks funds to cover students' funeral costs

Ramiro De Casa
Ramiro De Casa

A Marengo martial arts studio is seeking donations to help cover funeral costs for a 10-year-old student who died suddenly Jan. 2 in Huntley.

The staff at Lee’s Martial Arts Academy in Marengo described 10-year-old Ramiro De Casas as a “kind and caring young man” who loved his family and “had a strong faith in God,” according to a GoFundMe page the studio created Saturday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the online fundraiser had earned $6,720 of its $10,000 goal.

De Casas was an enthusiastic, young martial artist who leaves behind his mother, father and three brothers, according to the GoFundMe page.

“Ramiro meant everything to his family, and they are suffering such a tragic loss,” Lee’s Martial Arts staff wrote. “We do not want the family to have to worry about funeral expenses or any other expenses at this time.”

Born Jan. 16, 2009, in Elgin, the boy was ONLY weeks away from celebrating his 11th birthday, according to his obituary. De Casas’ family was not available to comment.

A visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Querhammer and Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Visitation also will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 410 N. First St., Cary.

After De Casas’ death, Lee’s Martial Arts Academy offered on-site grief counseling with psychologists and social workers who were made available to speak with anyone experiencing grief, according to the business’ Facebook page. The gym also created a Facebook event titled “Ramiro De Casas Online Memorial & Fundraiser,” where people are invited to share their photos and memories of De Casas.

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