KILLEEN, Texas — The family of an 8-year-old Saegert Elementary school student who died of pneumococcal meningitis laid the boy to rest Saturday.

"Damonte Avery Chance DeShannon, age 8, of Killeen went home to be with his Lord and Savior during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at a Temple hospital," his obituary said.

The obituary describes the 8-year-old as "loved by all of his friends and teachers" and a child who "would bring joy into the hearts of all that knew him." DeShannon loved going to school. He loved to learn and draw, the obituary said.

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"He had dreams of becoming a fireman when he got older.  He had the heart of a protector and proved it one day when during a fire drill at school he helped a classmate with autism out of the building," the obituary said.

One of his dreams was to become a firefighter. So, the family asked for firetrucks and stuffed animals instead of flowers to surround Damonte. 

DeShannon also loved to sing and dance.

He is survived by his mother, Kimberly Douglas; father, Robert DeShannon II, and his three brothers Amos Raeford, Kymoni Raeford and Omarion Wright.  

A Go Fund Me page was started Wednesday to help with the families expenses.

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