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Santa Rosa family grieves 11-year-old who died in her sleep

By all appearances Oreonna Andrews was a healthy 11-year-old girl who loved to sing loud, dreamed of high school and was almost as big a fan of Raiders football as her father is.

A week ago today, Andrews did not wake up on one of the last mornings of the spring break recess after sleeping over at her grandmother's home.

Paramedics could not revive her. A Sonoma County coroner's examination found no obvious indication of how she died.

Andrews' family and school community are grieving the sudden loss of a vivacious girl as the medical examiner awaits the results of further forensic tests.

"She was here, playing, laughing, and now she's gone," said her father Sean Andrews, 45, of Santa Rosa.

Andrews is survived by her father, mother Janin Andrews, 35, and her sisters Meseana, 12, Tiyana, 5, and Jinessa, 1.

Andrews was in fourth grade at Wright Charter School. On Thursday, a memorial of photographs, flowers and hand-drawn notes had grown in a corner of the school office at the Price Avenue campus.

"She walked her little sister to her kindergarten classroom every morning," Principal Terrena Rodebaugh said.

Andrews' fantastic imagination was evident in her writing exercises, her teacher Guy Tillotson said.

She had just joined a basketball team -- and was loving it.


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