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Classmates honor 13-year-old Iowa boy found dead

February 2, 2019
In this undated photo the locker of 13-year-old Corey Brown is seen decorated by his classmates at Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa. Corey was found dead last month after he was missing for several days. Students at Miller Middle School recently began decorating their late classmate's locker, leaving messages on mostly green paper, reflecting Corey's favorite color. (Adam Sodders/The Times-Republican via AP)

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — In between classes at Miller Middle School on a recent Monday, students stopped by locker 147, the one that used to be Corey Brown’s.

Corey was found dead last month after he was missing for several days. Students at Miller Middle School recently began decorating their late classmate’s locker, leaving messages on mostly green paper, reflecting Corey’s favorite color.

“We will miss you so much,” one message read.

“Rest in peace. You were an awesome friend and a great person and I wish I just could have said bye,” another student wrote.

Dozens of other messages were written on notes stuck to the locker and on a large piece of paper hanging on a nearby wall.

Several students could be seen wearing green on a recent Monday.

“The way things are going this morning, we’re not hearing a whole lot from kids,” said Marshalltown Schools Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger.

He told the Times-Republican that is normal for kids of middle school age.

“They often try to share amongst each other rather than adults,” Cretsinger said. “I think a lot of kids are still dealing with the initial shock of everything.”

He said he expects more students to share their feelings with school staff in the coming weeks. In the meantime, he said the Area Education Agency and Center Associates mental health staff remain on-hand for any student needs.

The Area Education Agency sent a crisis support unit to the school when Corey was missing. Cretsinger said students have been made aware that staff are available to help and listen if need be.

Corey was 13 years old. He was reported missing last month and the search for him lasted several days. The Marshalltown Police Department reported they found him dead in a secluded area on the west side of Marshalltown.

Corey is remembered as a bright, kind and friendly kid.

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

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