Belleville community mourns tragic death of teen while on grad trip to Cuba

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – School may be out for the summer but the flag at St. Theresa Secondary School flies at half-mast after news breaks about a tragic incident that took the life of a former student. Family members have confirmed that 18-year-old Alex Sagriff from Belleville, died while on a graduation trip in Varadero, Cuba. Family members say they don’t know details yet but say her body was found in her hotel room on Thursday night.
Heather Senoran/Videographer:
“In a statement issued to CKWS the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic School Board says the community here at St. Theresa Catholic School is deeply saddened by the news of Sagriff’s death… adding that the bereavement and Crisis Response Team will be available to provide support for students and staff during this difficult time.”
Dave Cleary was Sagriff’s little league baseball coach when she was only 8 years old.
It was his first year coaching and her first time playing — but he says she always had a can-do attitude– especially during her first hit — right at this diamond at Parkdale Park.
Dave Cleary/Former Coach:
“I remember her running to first base, she got there, she was jumping up and down, hands going crazy. It was priceless. A moment I’ll never forget in my life.”
Cleary returns to the field of memories with a heavy heart after hearing the devastating news.
Cleary:
“I had to pull over. I was in shock. All I could picture is her toothless grin — back then. 8 years old and her big red hair and always smiling. I’d never see Alex without a smile.”
The entire community is grieving and send their condolences to the family.
Streeter:
“It’s just really sad. 18 for anybody is desperately sad and you know that they didn’t have that life you’d like to them have.”
Meantime, S-Trip, the Toronto based group who organized the vacation Sagriff was on, told CKWS…
“Our emergency response team was dispatched immediately for support. They are overseeing the situation and ensuring a comprehensive response, working with staff, travelers, local authorities and family members. Travel arrangements were made for friends and classmates. At this time the majority have returned home.”
There are no confirmed reports on the cause of Sagriff’s death but S-Trip told other media outlets it was due to natural causes.
A shocking tragedy for friends, family and the community — a kind and loving teen with a bright future, gone far too soon.

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