Girl who drowned in Fox Lake ID'd as Mia Cardenas, 9

Mia Cardenas, 9, hugs an employee of Fremont Elementary District 79 on the first day of school 2013.
August 30, 2013 2:43:35 AM PDT
The girl who drowned in Fox Lake is identified as Mireya ''Mia'' Cardenas, 9, of Round Lake.

Cardenas was wading in the water with her family and friends in Ingleside when she went under. She died on Tuesday.

Her family released a photo from her first day of school. She's hugging an employee at Fremont Intermediate School in Fremont Elementary District 79. School administrators say she was a kind-hearted child who loved making friends.

A visitation and memorial service will be held in Libertyville on Tuesday, September 3. Pink balloons will be released in the child's memory, school officials said.


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