Family, Port Townsend High School students mourn boy who collapsed, later died

PORT TOWNSEND – Fellow Port Townsend High School students mourned the death of 16-year-old Cody S. Thacker on Monday with a memorial of flowers, pictures and notes outside the school’s main building.

“He was my first friend here,” said 16-year-old Samantha Brasier as she fought back tears in front of the memorial.

“He definitely seized the day. Around people he was always so joyous.”

Thacker, a junior, died Friday at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

He was flown by emergency helicopter to the hospital after collapsing from cardiac arrest in the high school administrative office.

Brasier, also a junior, said she met Thacker when they were both freshmen at Port Townsend High.

He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed listening to music and going to live concerts, she said.

Although saddened by the news of Thacker, Brasier said she was not shocked.

“I knew he had heart problems,” she said.

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