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Update: Arrangements made for Calhoun boy who died unexpectedly

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CALHOUN, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Update: Arrangements have been set in honor of Gage Meeks. Everyone is asked to dress in LSU colors. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe. The funeral will be Saturday at 10am at Liberty Baptist Church in Calhoun. An account is being set up at Monroe Telco Credit Union, under the name "The Gage Meeks Foundation."

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On Monday night, 11- year old Gage Meeks passed away unexpectedly and the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

But on Tuesday, family, friends, teammates and coaches gathered at a baseball complex in West Ouachita to honor a life gone too soon.

Gage's aunt, Melissa Meeks Sanford said Gagle had been at his house when he became sick. She said he was being treated for an injury.

"He was treated for a shoulder injury. What we are assuming right now is a reaction to the medication, which is a steroid. He became ill. He started feeling tingling in his finger, toes, shortness of breath,” Sanford said.    

Sanford said Gage was rushed to the hospital by his grandmother.

"He became unconscious before she could get him to the hospital," Sanford said.

Unfortunately, paramedics were not able to revive him.

"There is an autopsy to confirm, but the doctor's statement was he went into cardiac arrest," Sanford said.  

And now, for a few moments, the games have stopped. Balloons are released by those in attendance and children sign a card memorializing their friend.

Coach Stacy Little said it’s been very tough for Gage's team.

"He was just an awesome kid. You know he tried as hard as he could, worked hard every day. And all the kids on the team just loved to be around him," Little said.  

Sanford said it’s only fitting for one of the memorials to take place at a ball complex.

"He was an athlete. He played all sports: football, basketball, baseball. He was a very active child, always busy, very rambunctious, as any 11-year old child would be," Sanford said,  

Funeral arrangements have not been made, but friends of the family said they will set up an account to help with funeral expenses as soon they are made. And the community will continue to remember the life of this young man.

Sanford said funeral arrangements will be finalized on Monday.

We will continue to update you on this tragic story.
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