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posted: 8/29/2013 7:58 PM

Round Lake girl who drowned ID'd

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  • Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake hugs Fremont employee Colleen Downey on the first day of school earlier this month in Mundelein. Mireya drowned Tuesday night in Fox Lake.

      Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake hugs Fremont employee Colleen Downey on the first day of school earlier this month in Mundelein. Mireya drowned Tuesday night in Fox Lake.
    Courtesy of Margaret VanDuch

 
 

A girl who drowned Tuesday evening in Fox Lake has been publicly identified as 9-year-old Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake.

The McHenry County coroner's autopsy released her name Thursday. An autopsy conducted Wednesday indicated Mireya drowned.

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There were no other signs of trauma, according to a news release from the coroner's office.

Mireya was wading in water with family and friends when she went under, not far from a boat launch at Stormy Monday Bar and Grill in Ingleside.

She was pulled from the water and taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry, where she was pronounced dead.

Lake County sheriff's police are investigating.

Mireya was a student at Fremont Intermediate School in Fremont Elementary District 79.

"Fremont has known this child as a beautiful young girl who loved drawing pictures. Our staff always said she'd grow up to be an artist," said Superintendent Jill Gildea Fremont in a news release.

The district assembled its crisis team and had counselors available for students and staff.

"The staff has worked to keep the school day as normal as possible for all children," district spokeswoman Margaret VanDuch said in an email Thursday. "Support will continue to be provided in the days and weeks ahead."

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