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EAGLE, Colo — A Colorado mountain community is outraged after learning a campaign to help a child dying of leukemia was worthless, because the child never existed.
The story, which was first reported over the weekend by the Vail Daily newspaper, is forcing students and staff at Eagle Valley High School to question how a fictional child could be created and celebrated.
“I think there has to be an explanation to all the kids…that’s my opinion,” said Giovanni Novella, a high school senior.
Novella was one of several students caught off guard by the news that the child, Alex Jordon, never had Leukemia or even lived in Colorado.
Only none of Alex's story was true. There was no Alex at all, ABC News reported. He was a hoax perpetrated by a 22-year-old woman identified as Briana Augustenborg.
She even went to the trouble of writing an obituary for the Vail Daily. But that was her undoing. Local radio station KSKE investigated and found no death certificate for the boy, so it alerted authorities, ABC said.