Tragedy Strikes Dunwoody High School: Remembering Mia Dieguez

Tragedy struck Dunwoody High School on May 6th as 15-year-old Mia Dieguez tragically passed away during a classroom period, sending shockwaves of grief throughout the community. Mia, described as warm, happy, and positive by friends and family, had entered her classroom that fateful morning appearing unwell and promptly rested her head on her desk. Concerns about her health arose among classmates as Mia remained unresponsive throughout the class, prompting attempts to rouse her when the lunch bell rang.

Distress escalated when it became apparent that Mia’s condition was critical, with changes in her complexion and lack of breathing. Emergency services were summoned, and despite efforts by the school nurse and responders, Mia could not be revived. She was swiftly transported to Children’s Scottish Rite Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m.

Speculation surrounding the cause of Mia’s untimely passing has emerged, with family members suggesting it may have been linked to consuming a pill laced with fentanyl, allegedly given to her at school. While investigations are ongoing, a suspect, a minor whose identity remains undisclosed, has been arrested on charges including involuntary manslaughter. The DeKalb District Attorney’s Office has indicated the case would proceed in juvenile court.

Details from a newly released police report shed light on Mia’s challenging circumstances, including occasional recreational drug use, though the cause of death is yet to be officially confirmed pending autopsy and toxicology reports from the DeKalb Medical Examiner’s Office.

In the wake of Mia’s tragic loss, the community has rallied around her family, surpassing fundraising goals to support funeral expenses. Mia was fondly remembered with a balloon release ceremony at Brook Run Park, attended by over 100 grieving friends, family, and community members. Adelyn Johnson, a classmate and friend, paid tribute to Mia through a portrait, depicting her as a vibrant and positive individual. Mia’s sister, Paola Covarrubias, emphasized Mia’s inner struggles and pleaded against assumptions, urging remembrance of Mia’s joyful spirit.

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As Dunwoody High School mourns the loss of Mia Dieguez, the community stands united in honoring her memory and supporting her grieving loved ones through this difficult time.



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