A 16-year-old student athlete with a heart condition who died during a swimming workout at the Harvard-Westlake School’s pool on Friday was remembered today at a campus assembly as “one of our best.”
“Justin (Carr) was someone who through his actions and activities touched a remarkable number of other people,” Tom Hudnut, the school’s president, told Fox11.
“He was just a great kid,” Hudnut said. “You have to smile when you think about Justin because he was a positive, incandescent young man himself who had so many friends.”
The teen was described in a statement from the school as a scholar, athlete, singer, dancer, actor and “extraordinary young man by any measure.”
School officials said Carr’s parents told them that initial autopsy results indicate the boy suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that can result in sudden cardiac death.
During this morning’s assembly, the chamber singing group that Justin was a part of sang, “and they sang beautifully,” Hudnut said. “I will say that we lost one of our best,” Hudnut said.