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District 200 offers counseling in wake of high school student's death

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:06 p.m. CDT

WHEATON — Community Unit School District 200 will offer counseling services to students following the death of Wheaton Warrenville South junior Kaelan Mondragon at his home last week.

A member of the high school's varsity men's volleyball team, Mondragon, 16, of Wheaton, died March 28, according to information available on the Williams Family Funeral Homes website. The obituary reads he was "taken from his family too soon."

The district sent a message to Wheaton Warrenville South parents, saying the Counseling Center has been made available to help students with this tragedy. Two counselors are also visiting each of the classes in which Mondragon was enrolled.

In its message, the district said it would continue to monitor students and staff members. Those who are concerned about any specific students should call the Counseling Center and ask to speak to any of the counselors.

Mondragon is survived by parents Marcos and Justine; brothers Jordan and Miguel; grandparents Claudia and Darryl Kupperschmidt; great-grandmother Adele Galinaitis; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was a fan of music, especially the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and played bass guitar.

"His incredible smile was infectious and his goofy ways brought a smile to all who knew him," reads the obituary on the funeral home website.

Visitation will be held from 3 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. A private funeral service will be held Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kaelan Mondragon Memorial Volleyball Fund c/o Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

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