Teen attacked by students dies mysteriously days later; death being investigated

A Champaign, Illinois, teen’s death is under investigation after he mysteriously died on Saturday.

The News-Gazette reports that Luke Miller, a 15-year-old high school student at Centennial High School, went to the Carle Hospital Emergency Department just after 8:30 p.m.  A short while after, he was airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. By 10:05 p.m. he was dead.

Few details have been revealed about what caused a seemingly healthy teen to suddenly die. In days prior to his death, Luke was reportedly attacked by bullies at his high school. However, medical officials are stating it could take a while to determine exactly how he died. The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Monday morning, but the information will likely not be available for six to eight weeks.

Champaign police said that additional testing would be needed to determine if Luke died due to traumatic injury or a medical issue.

“Until additional testing is complete, a determination as to whether the death was a result of a traumatic injury or medical issue is not possible. Therefore, no additional comment regarding the cause of death will be made at this time.”

Since his death, authorities have received numerous comments and tips, “both fictional and factual.” The details surrounding the bully attack still remains unclear, but it’s being actively investigated.

Luke was on the archery team at his school, and loved fishing and being outdoors. Fellow students remember him as a “really nice kid.” He was the only child of Ryan and Heather Miller. His parents coached archery at his high school.

The investigation into the teen’s death is ongoing. Centennial High School officials announced that they are fully cooperating with police as they try to determine the cause of death.

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