FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WLWT) – A 13-year-old cheerleader from northern Kentucky suddenly died of a strep infection, a coroner on Friday confirmed, suddenly died in February when he joined the private cheerleading team Premiere Athletics participated in a competition in Columbus.
She became ill during the contest and was taken to a nearby hospital. There, her condition worsened rapidly.
A recent investigative report found that the 13-year-old had died of disseminated bacterial infection as a result of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus.
"Apparently a Core Value A Strep infection overwhelmed her immune system with little or no warning and catastrophic consequences," said one defendant of the Schalck family. "We knew this report would come and have honest mixed feelings. For one thing, nothing changes for us. On the other hand, we would not wish this nightmare to anyone, and perhaps this report will help prevent a similar outcome for others. Lilliana would certainly help if she could, and this is just an extension of that spirit.
Lilliana Schalck wrote with Highlands Athletics History, the first of two eighth-graders who made the university's cheerleader team that year. She also fired two teams in the competitive Cheerleader Gym Premiere Athletics.
"I wanted to support them, so we have something to talk about," said her father, Dan Schalck. "You know, it's pretty quiet to drive five hours after an event, when there's nothing to talk about."
Her father was a proud jubilee father and undoubtedly had a lot to be proud of.
"She found her calling and taken, of course," he said. "She did the work. She pocketed the hours. We were in the gym 20 hours a week because I do not know how long it will take.
Dan Schalck said he did not notice any warning signs or anything unusual for his daughter. She was healthy and in top form. She had complained of a nagging thigh injury. She had caught a cold last week, but her father thought she could have resisted.
Then, just before she was hired, her trainer Dan Schalck found and told him that his daughter did not behave like her. [1
After the teenager's death, a scholarship fund was created on her behalf. A new award goes to an athlete who exemplifies the values of Schalck.