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Selena Vasquez's family gather around a candle lit in her memory on Friday at the start of the lyceum held in the BOLD Elementary Gymnasium in Bird Island. From left are Selena's mother, Cristina; her aunt, Maria DeClerq; sisters Daisy, Jackie, Ivette and Belinda; cousin, Brianna DeClerq; and father, Ramiro, back. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Students rally over loss of classmate


BIRD ISLAND -- To her friends and classmates in sixth grade, Selena Vasquez was fun-loving and full of zest.

"Great fun,'' said BOLD sixth-grader Noelia Lopez.

Or, as BOLD elementary principal Kip Lynk put it: "She was spirited. She would tell you what she thought. Sassy, in a good kind of way.''

Selena was remembered for all of these attributes on Friday afternoon in Bird Island, just days after the 12-year-old's death.

"I can't really accept it," said Lopez.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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