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Canton School District mourns loss of 14-year-old girl

Counselors are being made available to students and faculty.

The Canton School District is mourning the loss of one of their own Sunday. 

14-year-old Sylvia McGee was an 8th grader at Compton Learning Center’s Connections Program. She previously attended STEAMM Academy @ Hartford, where she had many friends according to the district. 

Sylvia was found fatally shot in the head near 11th and Bieyl Court SW Saturday morning.  

She also attended Lehman Middle School, where she and Tabitha McCarthy became friends.

"I would never expect such a good heart person to be found dead," McCarthy said. "[She] was always funny, smiling, nothing ever dragged her down not one thing."

She says Sylvia wanted to be a basketball player, but says her true skill was being a great friend.

"I lost a couple of family members a year or two ago she was right there beside me, always talking to me, making sure I was okay [and] checking up on me daily."

As of now, no arrests have been made in connection to her death. McCarthy is hoping the people get caught because she says Sylvia did not deserve to die like this. 

"I just hope we get justice for her that is all I hope," she said. "She is such a good friend, who doesn't need to be left with out any answers and questions or nobody to put away."

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Counselors will be made available for students and faculty at both Compton Learning Center and Hartford Middle School Monday. 

Superintendent Barbara Maceyak of Canton City School District issued the following statement on behalf of the district in regards to McGhee's death.

"The Canton City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our student Sylvia McGee. Sylvia was in the eighth grade at our Compton Learning Center’s Connections Program. We will have our counselors available there on Monday and at the STEAMM Academy @ Hartford, where she previously attended and had many friends. District support will be available for those who are struggling with grief for as long as they are needed following this tragedy. We ask that you keep Sylvia’s loved ones, classmates, and our district in your thoughts as we mourn her loss."

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