Mother mourns the death of her 15-year-old son who likely died of heat stroke

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OSAWATOMIE, Kan. – A 15-year-old boy was found along railroad tracks in Miami County, but authorities say the summer heat, not a train, likely led to the teen's sudden death.

In just two weeks, Keith Orr was looking forward to coming here to Osawatomie High School where he would've been a freshman. But now the boy's family is preparing for his funeral.

"He was very happy go lucky. He always just kept going on and when I was sad he'd be there for me," said Cassie Orr, the mother of 15-year-old Keith Orr.

Keith Orr

Keith Orr

She says her youngest of two was a typical teen: he loved playing video games, making people laugh and Keith enjoyed wrestling. Keith had one older brother.

Just last year he won this medal for Oswatomie Middle School before he graduated.

"Just really a sweet kid, really loved girls, loved being around people, always joking," said Cassie.

Cassie says she last saw her son Monday afternoon before she left their home and went to work at a local Sonic.

"He came in and gave me a hug and kiss and told me he was gonna go take a nap and that he'd see me later,” she said.

Sadly, it would be her last hug and kiss from her son.

Investigators say Keith had been riding his bike with some friends out in a rural area, and left to go home when he suddenly became ill.

"He got disoriented, went the wrong way, thought he was coming home, but wasn't. He was going exactly the opposite direction," said Cassie.

Miami County Sheriff's deputies say around five that afternoon railroad workers found Keith dead on the railroad tracks near his bike.

Keith just celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

"Never, ever did I think that my baby would be gone; my 15-year-old baby. I loved him so much and he's not here anymore," she said.

Cassie says her says her son, who battled ADHD, did not have any prior medical issues.

Investigators say Monday’s hot temperatures may have played a role in the teen's sudden death.

"They're pretty sure it was all a heat stroke, dehydrated and he was drinking some Powerade drink you know to cool off and what not because he was sweating pretty bad,” said Cassie. "It's definitely a sad thing. I just don't know what I’m gonna do. I don't know how I’m gonna heal from it."

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