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“Maxx Cheng was one of Claremont’s finest young men who was recently lost during this pandemic,” says a tribute to the 13-year-old in a GoFundMe page set up to help his parents raise funds for his funeral…

The teen leaves behind his twin brother, and a 21-year-old sister as well as his devastated parents.

“Maxx was athletic, intelligent, funny, and mature and was voted Class President of Chaparral Elementary before heading off to El Roble. He played the viola with El Roble’s orchestra, was part of El Roble’s Speech and Debate team and competed in swimming,” said the three moms who set up the GoFundMe page.

“We watched Maxx and Leo grow up with our children as friends, and we want to help their family through this difficult time.”

According to According to Cheng’s sister, the fit and healthy teen began to feel ill on 4 July

She told Los Angeles outlet KCBS-TV that he had chest pains and started vomiting. He also had a number of other symptoms associated with coronavirus including a persistent dry cough.

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Cheng’s mother took him for a test, but the results were negative. “We’re so confused,” his sister told KCBS-TV. As far as the family is aware, he also did not suffer from any of the co-morbidities that have been associated with a higher death rate in Covid-19 patients. He was an avid swimmer and had dreams of one day attending the Olympic Games.

Negative Covid-19 results

Even though the test came out negative, Cheng decided to isolate in his bedroom as his symptoms persisted in order to protect his family. His sister said that he had started to feel better and his fever had gone down.

On Thursday, 16 July, his family went to check up on him and he was found collapsed in his room. He passed away that evening.

His devastated family remains confused about what really happened to the vibrant, healthy young teen. An autopsy will determine whether or not the teen had Covid-19.

The GoFundMe appeal has raised over $70,000 – nearly double its initial target.

“Any funds received will go directly to Yahrlyn Cheng (aka Charlyn), Maxx’s mom to manage the final arrangements. Any additional funds will go to a college fund for Leo and Charlotte.”

 

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