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Community wraps its arms around family of 7-year-old who died from flu, strep throat

Kevin Baynes, Jr. (GoFundMe)

HURT, Va. (WSET) -- The town of Hurt in Pittsylvania County lost one of its smallest members in the past couple days due to the hard-charging flu virus.

Kevin Baynes, Jr., 7, passed away on Sunday after he was diagnosed with the flu and strep throat.

A friend of the family said after learning of his death, she had a message for his family.

"There's people out here that love you and we out here to help you if there's any way possible," Linda Dalton said.

The family said that Kevin Baynes, Jr. was sent home from school on Friday after throwing up and falling asleep in class.

He was then taken to the ER on Saturday where, his father, said, doctors gave him a couple prescriptions after he tested positive for the flu and strep throat.

By Sunday morning, little Kevin, a student at Mt. Airy Elementary School, had passed away.

"I never imagined it could kill him," Samantha Baynes, Kevin's mother, said.

"Anytime you lose a student you just really it's like losing a part of your family," said Mark Jones, the Pittsylvania County Schools superintendent.

The superintendent said they've disinfected four of their schools as well as their buses.

Jones said he is not closing the school and told parents they have nothing to worry about.

Another family friend said two of Kevin's siblings tested positive for the flu.

"The loss of your child and you're not having time to grieve because you've got two others that are sick to take care of and I think are even younger than Kevin," said Cindy Roach, who lives in the Hurt area. "It's just heartbreaking."

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe Page to help cover the cost of his funeral.

Funeral arrangements have been made at the Colbert Moran Funeral Home in Gretna.

Family will be receiving family and friends from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Kevin's body Monday and the results of that report are pending.

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