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Statement on the Death of Former Ellis Student Caden McWilliams

Jan. 4, 2019

It is with extreme sadness that I share the news of the death of former Ellis Elementary School student Caden McWilliams. The school principal Nichole Whiteman described Caden as a hard worker who did well academically and who was always positive, caring and lived the Ellis core value of Integrity.

This terrible loss is being felt throughout our entire school district and community. We are ensuring that educators and students at the school have access to grief counselors once they return from winter break next week to help during this very difficult time. These counselors will be available throughout the week and as needed in the future. Denver Public Schools is assisting detectives with the Denver Police Department in their investigation of the incident. Our thoughts are with Caden’s family.

— Susana Cordova, Deputy Superintendent