ST. CHARLES – Lauren Laman lit up her family’s life, just as much as she lit up a dance floor.
That image will remain with her three older brothers, who said Sunday that their family never would be the same after the 18-year-old St. Charles North senior died Friday after her drill team’s practice at the school.
“She was a bubble you really couldn’t burst,” Neal Laman, 20, said of his sister. “She lit up the world.”
Lauren Laman was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. Friday at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, after her collapse at the end of North’s drill team practice, said St. Charles Superintendent Don Schlomann, who said he did not know of any existing medical conditions or reasons for the death.
The Laman family, including Lauren’s parents, Mary and George, and her brothers, also remained baffled by Lauren’s death.
An autopsy was scheduled for today. Schlomann also said he did not know the nature of the exercise or strain the team was under at the dance practice.
Matthew Laman, 22, said his sister loved dancing.
“Her life was dancing,” he said, adding that she also loved her family and friends.
“We have a beautiful family, but a lot of the beauty in our family comes from her,” he said.
Lauren Laman planned to attend Northern Illinois University in the fall and already was accepted into the dance program. She was going to try for a dance scholarship at a tryout next week.
After a lifetime of dance, Lauren Laman also hoped to open her own dance studio.
“She choreographed a good majority of the dances [for the drill team],” said Ryan Laman, 23. “She never admitted it to anyone else but our family. She didn’t want anyone to feel bad.”
Schlomann said counselors were at the school during the weekend and would be again today.
The family still was planning funeral services as of Sunday evening.