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Metamora student battling heart condition passes away

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METAMORA (WEEK) -- A high school student battling a heart condition lost that battle, passing away today.

Vidal Paulino was a sophomore at Metamora Township High School.

One month ago, the school held a raffle and fundraiser for the Paulino family at a girl's basketball game.

Vidal had been a manager for the girl's program there.

He'd been dealing with a congenital heart defect.

A member of the team told us they raised at least $300 dollars on Jan. 7, the night his older brother updated the crowd on a recent surgery.

Counselors were on hand for Metamora students Monday and will also be available on Tuesday.

The principal notified parents of students by email, writing "This is a very difficult time for the MTHS  community and for all who knew Vidal."

Sheridan Swathwood

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