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Viewing for New Jersey Teen Soccer Player Who Died During Sleepover

A New Jersey teenage soccer player who died suddenly during a sleepover will be laid to rest over the weekend.

Kara Lemanowicz was found dead in a house on Barnsboro Road in Mantua Township last Saturday morning.

The tragic death of beloved Eastern High School athlete was not suspicious, said investigators. They believe a medical issue likely killed the teen.

Kara and her teammates from a local 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.

Kara's family also noted that she loved children with special needs, lacrosse and basketball, according to Kara's obituary.

A viewing for Kara will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. The family will hold a private cremation and internment ceremony.

Friends and relatives started a GoFundMe page to help pay for her funeral expenses.

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