A popular East Hampton High School junior enjoying a night at the carnival July 26 collapsed and never regained consciousness. She was declared dead three days later.
According to accounts furnished by family members who were with her, Erika Bueno Guanga was on a ride when she fainted. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was rushed to the hospital to no avail.
Adam Fine, East Hampton High School principal, posted the news on the student body and parents Monday morning:
“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I inform you of the passing East Hampton High School student Erika Bueno Guanga (Grade 11). Erika suffered a medical emergency Friday evening.” The district made counselors available at the school for student and parents.
“Erika was a charming and kind-hearted person whose bright smile will be missed,” Fine said in an email to The Independent. “Her life was way too short. This is a huge loss for our school and community. Her family and friends will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout the upcoming days and throughout the school year.”
Visitation will be held Friday, August 2, from 6 to 9 PM at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 3, at 11 AM at the Most Holy Trinity Church on Buell Lane in East Hampton. A burial service will commence afterward at the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Cedar Street.
A Go Fund Me site has been set up to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.