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James Parker
Swine flu claims the life of a child
Swine flu claims the life of a child

Destinee Alicia Parker was an aspiring artist who loved animals, Lil Wayne and scary movies. She and her two sisters were known as the "Parker Posse" at Montebello Elementary/Middle School. And although she was healthy, she died of swine flu Tuesday night. She became the state's first youth with no apparent underlying medical condition to succumb to the virus. The death comes a week before the state expects to begin vaccinating students and other people at high risk of contracting the H1N1 virus. "She was a wonderful child, always smiling, always cracking jokes," said her stepmother, Deirdre Parker, who spoke yesterday as her husband, James Parker, sat next to her,...