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Autopsy to be performed on Swine Flu victim

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A spokesperson for the family of a Mid-South student who died from the Swine Flu said a medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the boy.

Bishop Brandon Porter said the death of Michael Howse has not only been tough on the Howse family, but also on his entire congregation.  Thursday, he delivered a statement from Howse's parents.

"On behalf of Michael and Veda House, the parents of Michael Howse Junior, we'd like to thank you for your warm thoughts, heartfelt prayers, and overwhelming support during this time," he said.

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Howse, an 8th grader at White Station Middle School, who died from the Swine Flu, also known as H1N1.  Howse was a starting running back and straight A student.  Porter said he'd known Howse ever since he was small.

"Mike was a Sunday school attendee," he said. "He'll always come up and speak to you. I've seen him from a little boy so I've seen him get taller than me."

Howse's death came as a shock to many, and Porter said he seemed to have no other medical conditions.

"Mike was very healthy," he said. "With all the sports and activities he's involved in as well as his academic achievements. They're allowing for an autopsy and research to show what else was going on, if anything at all."

Now Porter and his congregation are joining forces with Howse's family to help them get through such a difficult time.

"He was a tremendous young man, and comes from just a great family," Porter said. "At large he'll be sorely missed.  He's certainly an icon as it relates to a young teenager."

Visitation for Michael Howse will be from 4:00pm to 6:30pm Friday at NJ Ford and Sons Funeral Home.  The funeral will be at 2pm Saturday at Greater Community Temple COGIC on Winchester Road.

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