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Oswego School District Mourns Loss of Student

Nov 30, 2015 11:27AM ● By Shannon Antinori

Photo provided by School District 308

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 30, 2015

A crisis counseling team is in place this week at Traughber Junior High School after the tragic loss of a student.

Thirteen-year-old Donja Jamonti Williams, known to family and friends as DJ, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 24, from complications following an asthma attack, district officials said Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt offered his condolences to DJ's family, saying he spoke with DJ's mother, Jameka.

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"I communicated to her that our school district is a large family of incredible people and our prayers are with her, DJ's older brother (a graduate of OHS), his sister (a current student at OHS) and their extended family, Wendt said. "There are no words to express our grief and heartfelt sympathy for DJ's family. Family and friends have shared how DJ loved skateboarding, listening to music, dancing and showing people how to dance.

"He was a likable young man with tremendous talents and a bright future," Wendt added. "I have recently learned how kind and caring DJ was and how he touched the lives of so many people."

A crisis counseling team is available this week at Traughber Junior High, Wendt said. Anyone from District 308 who needs support is urged to contact Traughber Principal Tarah Fowler at 630-636-2700.

"A student's death is a difficult and challenging event that can generate high levels of emotion for some students and staff members," Wendt said.

Visitation for DJ Williams is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora. Funeral services will follow immediately afterward at 11 a.m. at Main Baptist Church. Burial will be at River Hills Memorial Park, 1650 River St. in Batavia, and the family will return to Main Baptist Church following the burial, according to School District 308. 

Flowers and donations may be sent directly to Main Baptist Church, 815 E. Galena Boulevard in Aurora.