Bethel High School student dies from brain aneurysm

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Hampton, Va. (WTKR) -Family and friends are remembering the life of Bethel High School Sophomore Arnise Scott.

Scott, 15, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 according to school officials and her family.

"I never knew that she would be so special. Honor roll since the seventh grade always straight A's. Smart, personable, friendly," her father Anthony Scott told NewsChannel 3.

Hampton City Public School officials said grief counselors were on hand at Bethel High Tuesday for students and staff.

NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo spoke to Scott's church pastor, who says he considers Arnise like his own daughter.

"She was a very smart girl and she wanted to grow up to be an anesthesiologist, that’s what her desire was," Pastor Arthur Rogers of New Life Church said.

Scott's grandfather founded the church and her mother grew up with Rogers.

"I’ve known Arnise ever since she was born, she’s like I guess you could say a daughter to me," Rogers commented.

Arnise played both soccer and field hockey.

Her mother Eldrie Scott tells NewsChannel 3 that her daughter suffered a head injury while playing goalie during a soccer game towards the end of April.

Her mother took her to the doctor, who diagnosed the 15-year-old with a mild concussion.

She sat out of soccer, but was itching to get back on the soccer field, her mother said.

Everything seemed fine this past Sunday, according to Rogers.

"She was in church Sunday morning, in fact she was here and she took communion. Just seemed like a normal day, no signs of anything that was wrong with her," Rogers said.

That night though, her mother heard Arnise screaming in pain and called 911.

"They took her to the hospital and found out that she had an aneurysm that had burst in her head in the front part of her brain," Rogers said.

Arnise Scott passed away Tuesday.

Rogers says they will not have a funeral for Arnise, but rather a celebration of her life.

"She was a very lively, feisty girl, she was always happy," Rogers said.

Her father though is still struggling with the fact that his baby girl is gone.

"I'm strong now, I don't sleep. I break down, when people are not around. Luckily people keep coming and I can't get rid of them but when they finally do leave I break down," Anthony Scott told NewsChannel 3's Reed Andrews.


  • The Don

    Very sad…young life taken for what seemed a simple injury that turned fatal. My condolences to family, friends and classmates.

  • Paul Q Pierce sr

    We are terribly sadden from her death would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Scott family

    • Lissa Henry

      Lonnie – we may never know the answer to your question. Blood vessels may be prone to burst or leak and just suddenly give out with no known cause and no symptoms. It is one of the most devistating medical conditions that I have ever seen.

  • Lissa Henry

    We are so sad for the Scott family,but hope that they may they find peace in their memories of such a special young woman. Her team mates must be devestated! Our prayers go out for all the people who knew her. Such a loss can teach us all to value each day. Charles Smith and Lissa Henry

  • Chull

    God looked around his Garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. As the days come and go and the world moves on, I know you’re still here, you’ll never be gone. On the night the Angel came and took your hand, We cried as you left for an unknown land. But Heaven rejoiced as you came into sight, For your soul was a diamond, shining so bright!

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