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Meningitis victim ‘had so much love to give’

By Michael Kimball Modified: April 6, 2008 at 8:28 am •  Published: April 6, 2008
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PAOLI — Alyssa Nichole “Niki” Campbell, an enthusiastic singer, hoped to appear on “American Idol” some day.

She talked about it with her mom, once asking her if she’d watch Niki on TV if she made it to the show’s finals.

“I told her, ‘Niki, I’d be sitting right there in the front row,’” Suzanne Campbell, Niki’s mother, said Saturday.

Tragically, that will never happen. Niki, 12, of Paoli died Friday in an Oklahoma City hospital from bacterial meningitis.

But even though Niki will never sing again, Campbell said she will never forget her daughter’s voice.

“She had so much love to give,” Campbell said of her daughter. “She loved to sing. ... She liked Hannah Montana, and she liked to sing those songs.”

Niki sang in choirs at two churches. The sixth-grader loved to be with her friends and thought of her older brother as a hero, her mother said.

“She just loved him; that’s just how she was,” Suzanne Campbell said. “He was a hero to her just because he was her brother.”

Services for Niki are pending and will be held at First Baptist Church in Paoli.

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Paoli resident Alyssa Nichole "Niki" Campbell, 12, left, died Friday from bacterial meningitis. She was an aspiring singer who wanted to one day compete on "American Idol," her mother said - Photo provided

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