‘A Heart Wrenching Blow’: NJ Teen Girl Dies at Soccer Team Sleepover – NBC 10 Philadelphia

Friends and family of a 14-year-old South Jersey teen are mourning her passing at a sleepover with her soccer team.

Kara Lemanowicz was found dead Saturday morning at a home along the 200 block of Barnsboro Road in Mantua Township, police told NBC10. She and teammates from her soccer club had spent the night at the home.

Jamie McGroarty, head coach of the Eastern High School girls soccer team, knew Lemanowicz since she was a child. He called her death “a heart wrenching blow to all that knew her.”

“She was a goofy, fun-loving kid who always was smiling,” he said. Lemanowicz was set to play on the high school team as a freshman.

“She always played the game with a fun loving attitude and absolutely loved the game,” McGroarty said.

Police said the death did not appear to be suspicious and believe was caused by a medical condition. The investigation is ongoing.

Lemanowicz was being remembered by friends as an “angel” in social media posts. A¬†tweet from the Eastern Girls Soccer team said she “went to sleep with a smile and among friends.”

Lemanowicz’s teammates plan to hold an 8 p.m. candlelight vigil at Giangiulio Field in Voorhees Township.


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