BOSTON (CBS) – Students and staff at the W.T. Hanes Elementary School in Irving, Texas are in shock about the death of Camden Pierce Hughes, who was found in Maine over the weekend.

Camden hadn’t been at school since May 9, and repeated calls to the home went unanswered.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

But, according to school security director Pat Lamb, no one ever suspected this.

Lamb spoke about the little boy with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 editor Kate Gallagher:

“I can tell ya a number of teachers just openly wept this morning as they thought about Camden and the possibility that we lost him,” said Lamb.

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Lamb said he didn’t know Camden personally, but spoke with his teacher, who was devastated by the news of the boy’s death.

“(Camden’s teacher) described him as a little blond-haired, blue-eyed ball of fire. He was a gifted and talented student. He loved learning. She described him as a sponge, and when he walked into a room, he literally lit it up,” said Lamb.

Lamb added that there are grief counselors on hand at the school for students and staff.

“His classmates are gonna miss him. His teachers are grieving; they’re hurting, but in his honor, and in his memory, this school, these teachers are gonna engage this process of teaching and learning with passion today and throughout the rest of the year.

John Durham, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Irving, Texas, issued a statement about Camden to WBZ-TV:

“Camden was a very bright, very enthusiastic and very articulate young boy. He was very curious about things in the Bible and was eager to learn. He was in Children’s Sunday School as recently as May 1 here at First Baptist Irving. As a church we are mourning his death, and are truly leaning into God’s promises and God’s presence. We remembered together last night as a church that Jesus loves children.”

Comments (10)
  1. Rosemary Malvone says:

    I know in my heart that God is holding Camden in his hands. He is Camden’s divine father who will eternally love him as he loved him even before he was born. The flesh is vulnerable, but the spirit of God is not.

  2. lilly says:

    its terrible and they should do something to her. anyone that can do that to a child is totally a very sick individual. i will never ever forget those blue eyes.

  3. Lori says:

    Rest in Peace wonderful, young Camden. You were loved by many, even those that knew you not. By those that knew you, you will always be remembered and for those of us that never met you, you will always be loved. May your mother get the help she so obviously, and desperately, needs so she may be able to comprehend what she has done and to pay for her sins.

  4. Amy says:

    R.I.P. Camden i am sorry that you had to die this way and by your own mother, she needs help and i hope that she never sees you again especially heaven cuz they have another place for her **** she don’t deserve to see you she obviously didnt want you when you were alive, she didnt deserve you anyways you were too cute and handsome for her.

  5. Lois says:

    Little angel, you are loved by many that never knew you. Your picture broke my heart because it reminded me of my own son at six now many years later. You were taken too soon and karma is swift and certain. I can’t wrap my brain around a mother that kills her own child…I just can’t get this out of my mind and it has torn at my heart since I read this story so sad and more than tragic. Strength and love to those that you leave behind and love you. I will pray for you and those sweet children being raised by unbalanced, selfish people meaning to cause them harm in any way. Children are a blessing and our legacy. If you feel you are going to hurt anyone, please, for everyones sake, get yourself some professional help. If you don’t know how, get to an area hospital emergency room and get yourself evaluated.

  6. molly says:

    rest in paradise little camden
    you are gone forever but never forgotten

  7. Debi and paul says:

    May God be with You Little Camden. You were taken from all of us to soon in life.Our hearts have been broken, our tears have fallen like rain. you are a beautiful child and Gods newest Angel. We are Grandparents and love all
    children .The greatest bond in life is between Mother and Child. That bond
    was broken. And for that we are so deeply saddened . Please if anyone
    has a problem that seems hopeless, call any Church, Safe house, Fire,Police
    Station, Mission . There are Millions of us out there that would have done what
    ever it took to prevent what happened to Little Camden Pierce Huges. God Bless you Camden .Millions of us will never forget you and will pray for you.

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