Family Coping With Sudden Death of 14-Year-Old
Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks | Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Madison Heights, VA - A 14-year-old died suddenly in Madison Heights last week after her parents say she suffered a seizure in her sleep.
Parents of Katelynn Renae Alderman say she suffered her first seizure this past January but had been healthy ever since with no medical problems. They say her passing on Thursday was completely unexpected.
Alderman's funeral was Monday, and the family is coping the best they can - sharing fond memories and focusing on the good times.
"I just loved her so much, and it's just hard to think about her sometimes, the fact that I'm never going to see her again," said Blake Alderman, the older brother.
Blake Alderman sits in disbelief looking at the last memory of his only sibling.
"It was just a shock because she was so perfectly alright the night before," he said.
Family says the night before, Katelynn performed in a play at a Lynchburg church. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Her personality was larger than life. She was all smiles like always, especially when playing with her pig Gouda May.
But Thursday morning, her mother found her.
"I hear her screaming to call 911, said Blake Alderman, recalling the morning his sister was found dead.
"I just fell to my knees and I couldn't believe it. Still have a hard time believing it," said Andy Alderman, the father.
Andy Alderman says it's hard not think about what could have been.
"Almost look forward a little bit of the things that we're not going to be able to do. Walk her down the aisle or protect her from that boy that wants to take her to the prom," he said.
But this family has no regrets.
"She was saved at about age 8, and she loved the Lord and we all love the Lord and we know she's in a better place," said Michelle Alderman, the mother.
"She'll be happy now. She'll have as much ham, and bread and taco meat that she can eat," said aunt Chrystal Isselbacher. "When I close my eyes, I picture her up in heaven, riding on a horse through the clouds and that makes her happy, and that makes me happy."
Aldeman's parents say they don't blame the medical professionals who initially saw their daughter in January for her passing.
They say you can't predict these things. The family is waiting for autopsy results to confirm the exact cause of death.