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Daughter’s death ‘a shock’ for mum


Daughter’s death ‘a shock’ for mum

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COMBERMERE SCHOOL has lost one of its bright sparks.

Fifteen-year-old Rianndo Phillips died Wednesday night, six days shy of her 16th birthday, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Phillips was described as very loving and very witty.

Her mother, Kathyann Phillips, said Rianndo’s death was a shock to her as she appeared to be recovering.

She recalled that on Tuesday, she even ate a three-course meal.

The mother said the cause of Rianndo’s death was unknown, and that in her opinion, her condition seemed to have been improving.

She told the SATURDAY SUN that up to press time last night, they still were awaiting word from the hospital on the cause of death.

Rianndo’s family, in an interview yesterday at their Bush Hall, St Michael home, paid tribute to her short, but memorable life.

Her father, Ricardo Phillips, recalled that she loved school, was athletic and was a well-rounded student.

“Hockey was [her] life. She liked netball, and the last thing she fell in love with was steel pan. She used to be in track and field, she even has this trophy here . . . She tried practically every sport,” he said.

He also recalled how determined and ambitious she was.

The family said they would be holding a vigil next Tuesday at their Bush Hall residence at 5 p.m. (JJS)