Counselors on hand at Bloomfield school to help students, staff cope with 9-year-old’s death

WINDSOR -- Counselors will be at a Bloomfield school Monday to help students and staff cope with the death of one of their students.

On Saturday, Texas police found the body of the 9-year-old Marcus McGhee, the autistic nephew of former NBA player Marcus Camby who went missing during the family’s Thanksgiving celebration on Camby’s property.

Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez told the Houston Chronicle  that the body of Marcus McGhee was found in a lake on Camby’s Houston-area property on Saturday morning.

Lopez said there appeared to be no signs of foul play.

McGhee, who had autism and was nonverbal, was reported missing Thursday afternoon. He had traveled to Texas from Connecticut for the holiday.

A Coast Guard helicopter had searched local bodies of water Thursday but found nothing.

The Fox station in Houston said he was visiting from Connecticut.  Camby grew up in Hartford and started in the NBA in 1996 after playing three seasons at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The search was initially suspended Friday evening and police discouraged people to search on their own. An analysis of leads and tips then lead them to re-instate a search early Saturday morning, but that was halted after police found McGhee.

McGhee attended the Birken Campus of CREC in Bloomfield,  who released a statement on his death:

"The CREC community is saddened by the loss of Marcus McGhee, a student at CREC River Street School. He was a very special person to our staff, and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Counselors will be available to staff and students beginning this weekend and throughout next week."