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Arkansas teen dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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Coleman Pearson, 13, dies from Eastern Equine Encephalitis Coleman Pearson, 13, dies from Eastern Equine Encephalitis
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ASHDOWN, Ark. -

An Arkansas teen who has been battling a rare brain disease that doctors believe is Eastern Equine Encephalitis, has succumbed to his illness.

13 year-old Coleman Pearson, of Ashdown, passed away Tuesday evening at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

The southwest Arkansas community is heartbroken over Pearson's passing.

Students, staff and teachers at Ashdown Junior High gathered around the flag pole Wednesday afternoon to honor the memory of Coleman Pearson.

School officials say counselors have been on campus to help students cope with the loss of their classmate.

A community prayer vigil will be held Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m. on the Ashdown Junior High campus.

Pearson's funeral will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the High School football stadium.

Friends describe Coleman as an "outgoing" person and a "leader."

Health officials say the disease is so rare that not one human case of the illness was found in the last 50 years.

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