Remembering Haslett Teen Emily Rapson

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

"As a parent, you always expect to go before them. It's been pretty rough," said Emily Rapson's mother Cami Rapson.

16-year-old Emily was pronounced dead on July 7th, 2012. According to her mother, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

"There's a lot of anger going on right now but you go through the five stages and we have to just make sure our other three kids are getting through it," said Cami Rapson.

The loss of Emily has also been tough on her three siblings. One of them expressed his grief through a tribute on Facebook. This is what it said in part:

"My little sister, I will never forget you. I've never cried so much in my entire life."

For her closest friends, the tragedy is just starting to sink in.

"It doesn't seem like this ever happens to you. It's always a story that you hear about someone else and now it has kind of hit close to home," said Kady McMahon.

Family and friends say they will always remember Emily for her aspirations and warm personality. According to her Cami Rapson, she was planning on attending college and becoming an orthodontist one day.

"She laughs and you're just laughing because it's just contagious and she's so happy and it's hard not to be happy around someone who's happy all the time," said McMahon.

Emily Rapson's life was cut too short, but it's also one that's still making an impact.

"She donated her organs and she's saving the lives of six kids and helping many others," said Cami Rapson.


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  • by Nancy on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    I would like to send my condolences to Emily Rapson's family at this time of sadness. God bless your daughter for being a doner to give others more opportunity for life! I send prayers for all to help heal you. It is hard just try to remember she loved all of you!
  • by Sue Location: Dimondale on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    It's SO sad this had to happen to any child. I agree with Emily's family... you always think this will happen to someone else... to "other people," but we have to remember - to everyone else who doesn't know us, we're ALL "other people"! It can happen to ANYONE. Rest in peace, sweet Emily Rapson. God bless her family and give them the strength they need to get through this tragic time.
  • by Jen Location: Haslett on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM
    Emily will be truely missed in our community and it is truely amazing how we all pull together! Emily will be in our hearts forever and no words will ever comfort the Rapson family enough...I'm truely sorry for their loss...my children were close with the Rapson family and the loss hits very close to home. We love you Emily.
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