A 14-year-old boy with no history died suddenly in his sleep.
William Pfeiffer of Queenstown, Adelaide, spent his final hours at his grandparents’ house last Sunday, falling asleep and not waking up.
Shocked parents Karen Lynch and Mike Shaw said William was a “happy and healthy” boy with a heart of gold.
They are awaiting autopsy results to learn more about what happened to their son.
They said William had no medical history to explain the traumatic event and did not show any worrying symptoms on the night of his death.
Lynch’s longtime friend Nicole Buns said William went to bed “happy and healthy” during a sleepover with his siblings at his grandparents’ house.
“I think they saw him in bed, checked him in and realized something was wrong,” said the 42-year-old. Advertiser.
“As you can imagine,[the family]is devastated. It’s really traumatic and so unfair.
“They get really emotional and have a hard time getting over it.
“Everyone is affected. I’ve seen her house and it was full of flowers and food people brought in.”
Vans, who has known Lynch since high school, said William was “like the sun”.
“He was a very happy kid, with a bright smile, a bit of a clown, a joker, and always making people laugh,” she said.
“He loved loud, crazy socks. He always wore bright socks and was kind of a funny little character.
“He had a great heart and was very likeable and a very good kid. Never let him do anything wrong. He was really great.”
Principal Joe Corbo said William’s school, Gleason College, has been in mourning since hearing of William’s death.
“I was surprised at how quiet the schoolyard with 860 students was on Monday,” Corvo told the magazine.
The school placed William’s photo on the altar of the chapel on the grounds, where students can go to mourn their friend’s death.
Kobo added that Gleason University will honor William with “several memorial services” for faculty and students who cannot attend the funeral.
There will also be a ‘Loud Socks Day’ in William’s honor, where students will participate by exhibiting their colorful socks.
The school has “additional counselors” for those affected by his death.
“We’re definitely going to need it,” Corvo said.
Buns launched a GoFundMe to raise money for William’s family as they struggle to cope with the loss.
Ms Lynch, a freelance photographer and wedding officiant, has taken time off from work to work through her grief, she explained.
“Parents should never put up with the loss of a child,” Buns wrote in a fundraiser.
“The grief alone is terrible, but the added stress of the financial burden makes it even more painful.”