EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDeath Of 12-Year-Old Parkersburg Girl Sparks Call To Action On Social Media
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 11, 2013 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 12, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
Parkersburg, Wood County , West Virginia
The unexpected death of a middle school student from Parkersburg has sparked a social media conversation to get her story on ESPN.
Marissa Miller, 12, collapsed after a school soccer practice on Thursday, media outlets reported. Miller died later that night.
Officials with the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home said a funeral service was held for Miller on Monday.
A Twitter page has been created for Miller to be recognized by ESPN. The page is called "ESPN For Marissa" and had about 1,100 followers on Wednesday. A description on the page reads "Marissa touched the hearts of hundreds. Let's get her on ESPN. #PlayforMelissa #44."
In an image on the Twitter page, the following statement appears, presumably written by Miller's mother: "My amazing 12-year-old daughter died 4 days ago. She collapsed suddenly and unexpectedly at a soccer practice and passed away shortly after. She had an undiscovered congenital heart abnormality. She was an incredible athlete who was extremely hard working and dedicated." The name on the note reads Marissa Elise Miller.
Twitter users are trying to bring Marissa's story to light by using the hashtag #ESPNforMarissa. You can learn more about Marissa's story by logging on the Twitter page.
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