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Lackawanna Teen Dies on School Trip

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LACKAWANNA - The Lackawanna High School community is mourning the loss of one of their own. Jeff Cintron, a senior at the high school, died Friday night at about 10:45 p.m. while on a class trip.

According to Lackawanna City Schools, about 50 students went to Disney World this week for their senior trip. 

Interim Superintendent Anne Spadone tells 2 On Your Side that Cintron was complaining of back pain when the decision was made to send him to the hospital. He became sick on the way there and passed out, and could not be revived once the ambulance arrived at the hospital.

According to Cintron's cousin, the 17-year-old was "that kid you could never be mad at, always had a smile on his face, and always made others smile."

The family had been planning his graduation party. We're told by the school district that Cintron's family was informed regularly of Cintron's condition while in the emergency room.

His friends have tweeted that a candlelight vigil is going to be held in his memory at Victory Park in Lackawanna Saturday at 8 p.m.

The students that are on the trip will remain there until Monday when they're scheduled to come back. 

"As you can imagine, it's very traumatic, we got four good chaperones, down there, they're working with them, the resort is working with them, checking on them, making special accommodations for them as they get ready to leave," said Spadone. 

Spadone says Cintron did nothing unusual while on trip.

According to the family, the doctors who were treating Cintron believe he may have died from Marfan syndrome.

The condition is a type of disorder that affects proteins that support organs and bones. However, the family is still awaiting official autopsy results.

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