Fourth-grader Nico Mallozzi tested positive for Influenza B when he died Sunday, the town's health director told the Stamford Advocate.
New Canaan's health director is urging classmates who came in contact with a 10-year-old student who died over the weekend to get the flu shot.
"When such a tragedy strikes a vibrant young boy, many questions arise as to the cause", New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Bryan Luizzi said.
Almost 400 family and friends gathered for a prayer service held in memory of the boy at Saint Aloysius Parish on Monday.
I know you join me in keeping them in our hearts.
"The men and women of the NCPD express our deepest condolences to the Mallozzi family with the tragic passing of their son Nico".
Luizzi said Nico was a great kid, known throughout the school.
"One of Nico's coaches described him best: Nico's sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes", she said.
Because of the holiday, there was no school on Monday, but the district, opened up the West Elementary School to make sure students had a place to go if they needed someone to talk to. "At this point, it has been confirmed that Nico had been diagnosed with Influenza B, a strain of the Flu that is now spreading in the Northeast". Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family right now.
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