Public visitation held Friday for NKY cheerleader who died suddenly

Published: Mar. 1, 2019 at 9:22 AM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A public visitation is being held Friday for a 13-year-old northern Kentucky cheerleader who died suddenly Saturday.

Eighth grade Highlands Middle School student Lilliana Schalck died at a hospital in Columbus Saturday while in town for a competition.

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The Fort Thomas teen was a member of Highlands High School’s varsity cheerleading squad.

Her father posted her funeral arrangements on social media Monday.

Services for the public are being held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home at 427 South Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas.

A private service is being held for family only Saturday morning.

Funeral services for the northern Kentucky 13-year-old who died suddenly Saturday have been...
Funeral services for the northern Kentucky 13-year-old who died suddenly Saturday have been announced.

She was a Highlands High School and Premier Athletics NKY cheerleader.

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She is described as a studious sweetheart of a teen who was always lifting people’s spirits, on and off the court.

A moment of silence was held for the 13-year-old at a Highlands High School basketball game Monday night.

Lilliana was one of the fiercest cheerleaders in the Tri-State, those who knew her say, and was the first eighth-grader to make it onto the Highlands High School varsity squad.

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Athletic Director Kevin Nieporte said Schalck began feeling ill while at the competition and her father took her to an emergency room where he says she complained of pain in her pelvis and said her hand went numb.

He said her health quickly deteriorated once in the emergency room.

It’s still unknown what caused her sudden and tragic death.

Two cheerleading scholarships have been set up in Lilliana’s name at Highlands High School and Premier Athletics.

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