Mundelein school to hold moment of silence for student hit by car
Students, teachers and staff at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein will hold a moment of silence Monday morning in memory of a 13-year-old student killed after being hit by a vehicle Friday night while trying to walk across a busy Vernon Hills road.
Principal Mark R. Pilut sent Sandburg parents an email Sunday informing them of the death of seventh-grader Adrian Marinez and the school's plans to help his classmates mourn.
The Mundelein boy died early Saturday morning from injuries suffered when a vehicle struck him about 9:55 p.m. Friday as he walked across Townline Road near Milwaukee Avenue.
The vehicle that struck Adrian was driven by a 16-year-old boy, who was not injured or ticketed, authorities said. Alcohol, drugs, or cellphone use were not suspected and the streets were dry at the time, according to police.
In his email, Pilut described Adrian as an "avid learner at Sandburg."
"He was enrolled in our Heritage Language Program where he was becoming biliterate and bilingual in both Spanish and English," Pilut wrote. "Adrian studied after school in homework club and played on Sandburg's 7th grade co-ed soccer team."
District 75 social workers, counselors and psychologists will be available to support students, staff, and families as needed, Pilut added. Homeroom teachers at nearby Mechanics Grove Elementary School also will be prepared to help students, he wrote.
Pilut encouraged parents of students at Sandburg or Mechanics Grove to speak with them about Adrian's death so they learn of it first at home where they feel most secure.
"Adrian's passing is a great loss to the Sandburg student body," Pilut wrote. "The thoughts and prayers of all District 75 staff are with his family and friends."
Andrew Henrikson, superintendent of Mundelein Elementary School District 75, added his sympathy in an email, writing, "We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Adrian Marinez."
District 75 leaders will hold a moment of silence Monday night at the board of education meeting, Henrikson wrote.