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Liberty Ranch High School student laid to rest following brief illness

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Fri Sep 21, 2012.

A Liberty Ranch High School student was laid to rest this week after a short illness believed to be leukemia.

Aurelio "Pollo" Soria, 16, of Thornton, had reportedly been complaining of flu-like symptoms and died just three days after being hospitalized.

It is the second recent cancer-related death at the new high school. Taylor Steele died in August 2011 of ovarian cancer.

Aurelio was found unresponsive Sept. 9 and was rushed to the hospital where he slipped into a coma.

He died Sept. 12.

It is believed the student died of aggressive stage-four leukemia that may have attacked his brain, although no official cause of death has been released.

After he went to the hospital, friends rallied around Aurelio, wore red in his honor, launched a Facebook page requesting prayers for him and circulated information on Twitter using the hashtags #prayforpollo and #wakeuppollo.

A candlelight vigil was held last week, and a car wash at Tractor Supply on Saturday raised money to help the family with funeral costs.

Aurelio's funeral was held Wednesday, and following that he was interred at Galt Cemetery. He is surived by his parents, Aurelio and Lupe Soria.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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