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Students remember 14-year-old classmate

Kimani Brown Kimani Brown

A 14-year-old boy from Waterbury died in his sleep this week, leaving his parents and friends wondering why.

Kimani Brown was a freshman at Crosby High School and in perfect health, according to family members. They said he had just completed a physical.

"My son is just wonderful, my twin, my love, my heart," said Brown's mother, Minnie Curges. "He was going to be my star."

Brown went to bed Tuesday night after talking on the phone to his father, who lives in Bridgeport. His mother tried waking him up just before 7 a.m. for school, but he did not respond.

Kimani Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police did not find any signs of foul play or a clear cause of death.

Kimani Brown played baseball and football at Crosby High School, and he left behind many friends.

Family members said Kimani Brown made everyone laugh and enjoyed playing sports.

"He's not just my son," Curges said. "He's all his friends' parents' son."

Many people brought over candles for a vigil Wednesday night. Students started a Facebook page as well to leave messages for his family.

His grandfather says he was athletic and healthy.

"He wasn't complaining about any pains or ill feelings," Clayton House said. "He was fine."

 Brown leaves behind two brothers, a sister and a mother who is absolutely heartbroken.

"Kimani will always be wonderful, loved, missed," Curges said. "I just don't know what happened to my baby."

A autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death was performed Friday. However, officials said the cause and manner are pending further studies. 

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