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16-year-old Tustin girl who received recognition from former First Lady Michelle Obama dies

By in Press Enterprise on September 15, 2017

By Scott Schwebke

TUSTIN A 16-year-old girl who received a shoutout in a speech from former First Lady Michelle Obama has died from an undetermined medical condition, authorities said Friday, Sept. 15.

Hillary Beth Moss of Tustin, was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Orange County Supervising Deputy Coroner Daniel Aikin said. She was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Orange County where she died.

  • Hillary Moss pictured in a 2015 Facebook post.

  • Hillary Moss fro a 2015 Facebook post.

    Hillary Moss fro a 2015 Facebook post.

  • Hillary Moss poses in 2015 at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin with the letter she wrote to First Lady Michelle Obama, who included a line from the letter in a recent speech. (Courtesy photo)

    Hillary Moss poses in 2015 at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin with the letter she wrote to First Lady Michelle Obama, who included a line from the letter in a recent speech. (Courtesy photo)

  • Hillary Moss, right, in 2015 with teacher Gina Dearborn who assigned her to write to the White House. A line from Moss' letter was included in a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. (Courtesy photo)

    Hillary Moss, right, in 2015 with teacher Gina Dearborn who assigned her to write to the White House. A line from Moss’ letter was included in a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. (Courtesy photo)

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An autopsy was performed Thursday, but results came back inconclusive and more tests will be performed to determine the cause of Moss’ death, Aikin said.

Donnie Rafter, principal of Beckman High School where Moss was a junior, said Friday that students and staff are grieving. “It’s a total surprise […]    

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