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A father remembers the tragic death of his beloved North Kentucky cheerleader



THOMAS FORT, KY (FOX19) – On Tuesday, Dan Schalk chose his daughter's burial place, worked on his funeral arrangements and chose an outfit to bury him. These are things that no father should have to do.

His daughter, Lilliana, died suddenly Saturday night. Since then, it's a whirlwind of sadness, questions and love from the community.

To say that Lilliana was a good competitive cheerleader would be a euphemism. She was what they call a "flyer" – and my boy could steal. This was an eighth grade student who, for the first time in the history of school, was part of the Highlands High School University Cheerleaders team.

It was a happy kid who loved pizzas, the color blue, and she was just starting to get interested in boys – maybe. She had a favorite song and she knew what she wanted to be: a primary school teacher.

"She had two of her friends. They went to school, came back to Fort Thomas, taught in Moyer and lived next door, "Dan Schalk said. "They had planned it."

But how can your life change in an instant – or in this case, two hours.

"I can not understand at all," said Schalk. "No fading, no fatigue, no weakness, no confusion – she notes all the A's overall. Fit, athletic, no indication [of illness] and of course I dug myself up. Have I missed something? "

On Saturday morning, his father told him that his hamstrings were bothering him a bit and he even took her to the doctor for a check – an x-ray told her that everything was fine. They went to Columbus for an acclaim competition. When Lilliana warmed up, her coach came out and told Schalk that something was wrong.

"The coach said," She is a little comfortable, things are really not normal, "he said," so we called a rescue team, took her to the emergency room and things quickly deteriorated to the USI and after about two hours she was gone. "

Her symptoms were hamstring pain, numbness in her hands – she was cold – and she felt weak.

"Maybe she was dehydrated? Pinched nerve? I thought dehydrated – thought of it first. And when you saw all the doctors talking to you, you had to say, "What's going on, is not it?" All that for that, what's going on? And the link took me back and was like in a very short period of time, she said. "Is there anyone you should call?" And I said, "For what reason?" And she said, "That's pretty serious," and I said, "You must make fun of me," Schalk says.

He said that his heart had stopped twice in the emergency room and four times in total.

He was with her at the end.

"We waited until it happened at 5:50 pm. hold her hand and they announced that she had passed at 7:40 – the only thing I could say was: "What the heck has happened? What happened? How can this be? I just left, "he says.

The cause of death is still waiting for the results of an autopsy.

Lilliana is going to be buried in her Highland cheerleader uniform.

It has a service open to the public Friday from 16h. at 8 pm at the funeral home Muehlenkamp Ershell in Fort Thomas.


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