A Monroe Area High School student passed away Sunday after a short battle with lymphoma.

Dae’Von Hammond was a sophomore at MAHS, a member of the school’s football team and was described by friends and family as a kind young man with an infectious smile and unyielding support of his friends, “the perfect teammate and friend to anyone.”

He was diagnosed with lymphoma recently and had just begun treatment when he succumbed to the disease on Sunday.

The Walton County School District issued a statement Monday after Dae’Von’s death.

“The entire Walton County School District community is saddened by the sudden loss of Dae’Von Hammond,” the system statement read. “Dae’Von was a great student, athlete and friend. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dae’Von’s family, loved ones and peers during this extremely difficult time.”

At the high school, Principal Bryan Hicks said the schools’ crisis intervention team was available to help deal with student grief after a classmate’s sudden passing.

“At our school, we have counselors and support staff available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss,” Hicks wrote in a letter to the community posted Monday on the high school’s Facebook page. “We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Dae’Von’s name to help pay for hospital bills and funeral costs. To donate, visit online at https://www.gofundme.com/remembering-daevon-65strong.

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