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12-Year-Old Boy Fighting Brain-Eating Amoeba Dies

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"Zac was always full of life. He loved to learn. He was always a leader in the classroom," says Zachary Reyna's teacher at Labelle Middle School, Jennalee Edwards.

In the past three weeks, we've heard from Zachary Reyna's teacher and coach...

"Never one to shy away from a challenge," says Reyna's coach at LaBelle Middle School, Tyson Frantz.

From Zachary's sister... "He's a character. He's a lot of fun, always the center of attention," says Amanda Reyna.

And his brother... "He's a good brother. He looks up to me and my dad," says Brandon Villarreal.

All say he was a strong, talented 12-year-old boy...loved by many.

"Regardless of how this has turned out it's still a victory and it's still something to celebrate, his life," Zac's cousin, Tammy Yzaguirre.

Zac's family told me he lost his battle against a brain eating amoeba, exactly three weeks from when he was knee boarding with friends by his house. The family says doctors performed two different tests-looking for brain activity-they found nothing.

The family says doctors pronounced him dead Saturday afternoon.

"I look at the big picture and I see how he's affected the world. As a family, we stand strong together but the whole world was behind him," says Yzaguirre.

We've seen a community come together in prayer.

A designed #4 become an icon in Zac's battle, and zac's story talked about by many.

"He has been drawing crowds from all over the world in his name," says Yzaguirre.

LaBelle is praying for the Reyna family, as Zac made his homerun, a homerun his dad says he'll never forget.

"The pain that I feel is nothing compared to how their lives have changed. All I can tell them is you look for God. God is your comfort. He is your peace," says LaBelle resident Kimberly Marroquin.

On Wednesday, Zac's family announced that the brain-eating amoeba was gone. However, the amoeba had already left extensive damage.

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