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Sharon High School mourns death of student

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SHARON, Pa - Sharon High School students and staff are mourning the death of a student who passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday night.

Robbie VanHorn was a senior at Sharon High School. He passed away at his home Tuesday evening from what police call accidental causes.

High school principal Mike Fitzgerald says the news of his passing came as a shock to everyone who knew him.

"He was well known within the building. I don't think there were too many people who did not know Robbie. He had a flair for life. He could make anyone smile anytime for any given reason he was an all around good kid one that will be missed by his peers, community and district as a family," Fitzgerald said.

He was active in the band and was a member of the swim team.

His swimming coach says Robbie was very driven and successful. "One of his goals this year was to try and do more events than he's ever done before, tryout the ones everyone dislikes and the last few meets he accomplished that goal," said coach Eric Wenger.

Sharon has had its share of tragedy this school year. Two students were killed a Sharon car crash last November. Few schools anywhere have had to deal with this much hardship.

"They'll ask the questions of the what and they whys, and those are the questions that are difficult to answer especially when you don't know them you continue to offer them support and let them know we're here to help them academically and personally that's the best thing we can do for them right now," said Fitzgerald.

Memorial contributions can be made to Remembering Robbie by visiting youcaring.com.

Funeral services for Robbie will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral home in Sharon.

Robbie was 19.

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