A 10-year-old CT boy died during a school sports trip over the weekend of complications from flu that led to pneumonia and sepsis, according to officials.
News10NBC is told Nico Mallozzi, of New Canaan, Conn., was in Buffalo to play in the Cup North American Championship when he got sick.
Mallozzi was a member of the Connecticut Roughriders Hockey Club.
Reed told the Stamford Advocate Mallozzi wasn't feeling well before the weekend but wanted to attend the tournament with his teammates. According to a New Canaan health official, during the trip, the boy began feeling more ill and went to the emergency room at Buffalo Women's and Children's Hospital.
Mallozzi's brother also tested positive for the flu, Reed said, adding: "This has been one of the worst flu seasons and I think it will continue until March". He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Nico always kept you on your toes.
The memorial fund for the boy has raised more than $130,000 in just two days. "At this point, it has been confirmed that Nico had been diagnosed with Influenza B, a strain of the flu that is now spreading in the Northeast".
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A GoFundMe campaign has been started to support the parents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family right now.
I know you join me in keeping them in our hearts.
New Canaan Police Tweeted a message of condolence as well. This great kid lost his life today.
A GoFundMe created on January 15 for the "Nico Mallozzi Memorial Fund", meant to support the family and created by someone in the hockey community, raised $500 about 30 minutes after being created. "We will miss Nico terribly, and will always cherish our memories of him as a vibrant, fun-loving boy".
On Tuesday, it was learned that the boy's brother is now hospitalized after showing flu symptoms, but he's showing signs of progress and is recovering.