WOOSTER, Ohio — A community is in a state of mourning after one of its high school students died on Monday.
The Wooster City School District confirms 16-year-old Alexis "Lexi" Coleman, a junior at the high school, lost her life at Wooster Community Hospital following what is being called "an extended illness." Her exact cause of death is not known at this time.
An obituary posted on the Roberts Funeral Home website says Lexi was a member of the Wooster girls bowling team and was studying to become a medical assistant. She also played clarinet in the band and was loved participating in activities at her church.
"Alexis loved to draw, always had a smile on her face, and had a wonderful sense of humor," the family wrote. "She loved spending time with her friends and family."
Grief counselors are being made available for students and staff at the high school. The district is also encouraging parents to talk to their children about what happened.
"We appreciate the support of the community during this difficult time," the district wrote on Facebook. "The Wooster Way is to put others before self. Let’s all work to support the Coleman family in everything we do."
Lexi's funeral will be held this Saturday at Mt. Zion Church of God on South Geyers Chapel Road. Calling hours will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a service at 1. Lexi will then be buried at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Lexi is survived by her parents, her sister Abigail, and her brother Aiden.