A fifth-grader dies after being injured in a school fight

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(CNN) – A South Carolina fifth-grader who was injured when a fight broke out in her classroom died Wednesday, school officials said.

The student, Raniya Wright, died two days after she was involved in a fight at the Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, Colleton County School District officials said.

“Raniya was a wonderful student. She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister. She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher,” the district said in a statement.

“She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and the entire school community.”

The student was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston after the fight, the district said in an earlier statement.

An incident report released by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said paramedics had found Wright unconscious in the school nurse’s station, CNN affiliate WCIV reported. CNN reached out to the sheriff’s department but didn’t receive an immediate response.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said an autopsy would be performed, according to WCIV.

School officials have not released more details about the fight.

“Our entire school district is saddened by this event,” the district said. “It is very difficult to experience the death of a young person.”

A student has been suspended until an investigation into the incident is completed, school officials said.

It’s unclear whether that student was involved in the fight.

Walterboro is a town of about 5,100 residents about an hour’s drive west of Charleston.

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