Family and friends mourn the sudden death of the North Little Rock High School cheerleader

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The family of 18-year-old Victoria Moody, who was a senior cheerleader at North Little Rock High School, says her memory will live on after she died unexpectedly Sunday evening.

Moody’s older sister, Brooke McCarty, says her sister was perfectly fine until Sunday evening, when her father Brian Moody took her to the hospital because Moody said she wasn’t feeling well.

“It looks like she had a pulmonary embolism that was too advanced to stop,” McCarthy said.

Moody’s family says she would have graduated this year, who was also on the High School Varsity cheerleading and track team.

McCarty says cheering was Moody’s whole world, he loved his teammates, coaches and the sport.

“I just wish more than anything that she was here, and I really don’t understand how it happened or why it happened,” McCarthy said.

He adds that his sister was and still is a wonderful person with a bright future.

“She was absolutely the best human being I ever knew. and I am forever grateful for the 18 years I was able to be with her,” McCarthy said. “She was going to the University of Arkansas or Mississippi State, she had gotten scholarships and they invited her to the honors program.”

The school, students and loved ones have already gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday and a balloon release on Tuesday.

Mr. Moody also says the community’s support has reached far and wide, with some companies making merchandise in Moody’s memory. He says he wants all proceeds to go towards developing further research into pulmonary embolism

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