When a child passes away, it has a great impact on the community in which he or she lived. Such is the case in Norton where 12-year-old Angel Pina resided before she died in a violent car crash Thursday afternoon.
Angel was a fifth grader at the H.A. Yelle Elementary School and was scheduled to attend Norton Middle School in September. She leaves behind many friends and family including three siblings and her mother, Sandra Ouellette. Angel was described as being a talented athlete who enjoyed cheerleading.
"Angel Pina was a caring, kind hearted member of our junior level 1 team at Cheer Nation,” said Erica Carbonneau, coach of Cheer Nation. “She will be greatly missed. She loved the sport of cheerleading and enjoyed meeting all of the athletes in her new cheer family.”
The news of her death has aroused a flood of sympathy messages on Facebook as friends, family and the rest of the community mourn.
“My daughter cheered with Angel on Cheer Factor Destiny last year,” said Jessie Huard. “She said Angel was the nicest girl on the team and one of the best back spots.”
“Angel was one of my daughter's first friends at Cheer Factor All Stars,” said Tiara Gajoli Trudelle Friday. “Angel was a sweet girl and will be so very miss. Our hearts go out to her parents, grandparents, brothers and baby sister. Too short a time in this world and very difficult to understand. I will pray for Sandra, for a quick recover and send my thoughts and prayers to her grandparents and siblings tonight.”
“Both of my daughters knew her well,” said Karyn Qualter McMahon Friday. “They also said what a sweet girl she was. She came to watch Karlene play softball this past spring just to cheer her friends on! She will be sorely missed. There are lots of tears in our little town today!”
“On July 12, 2012 I lost one of my best friends named Angel Pina,” said Blake Callaway in an email over the weekend. “This was all because of a car crash. When I found this all out, I was in tears. This should not have had to end this way. She did not have to die like she did. She was a really nice friend. She would always be there for me and the rest of her friends. When we all found out that it was her we were all so upset and we didn't know what to do, so i have to say this; R.I.P. Angel Pina, God bless you and your family.”
Counseling will be available for students today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Henri A. Yelle Elementary School, 64 W. Main St., Norton. Cheer Nation, 378 Page St., Stoughton, will also be holding an open tumble Friday, July 20, 6 to 8 p.m. where all donations will be presented to Angel’s family. This Cheer Factor event will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. the same day at 69 E. Belcher Road, Foxborough; 391 W. Water St., Taunton; and 7 to 8 p.m. 145 Webster St., Hanover.
Memorial service information will be posted when details have been released.
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