Funeral held for Amonti Saunders, 4-year-old who died from bacterial meningitis

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Holiday, Florida -- A team of superheroes gathered together to say goodbye to their "super hero" on Sunday afternoon at Dobies Funeral home off Bartlet Road in Holiday, FL.

Four-year-old Amonti Saunders died a week ago Sunday. Local doctors and the state health department confirmed that he had bacterial meningitis.

His family noticed a purple rash developing on his skin and rushed him to the hospital. The family said doctors did all they could to save him, but it was too late. He died just 12 hours later. 

Saunders' mother, Rachel Edwards, said Saunders loved superheroes. She dressed in a superhero t-shirt, along with almost everyone else at the service. There were Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Megatron, and even Mario Bros. characters at Amonti's service. His casket was decorated with his personal superhero costumes.

"He would love it," said a close friend of Saunders', Kendra Green.  Green said Saunders called her 'Auntie Kendra.' "He would be like, 'All you all got on these different shirts on.' He would love it. He loved superheroes so much!"

Green went the extra mile with her Batman costume. She dressed the back of the t-shirt with pictures of Saunders and his mom. It said, "Rest in Paradise."

"I'm going to miss him," said Saunder's grandmother, Galonda Collins. "I carry a picture of him on my clip board at work because seeing his face this week, every day, gives me strength."

Local doctors say bacterial meningitis is contracted through saliva and starts with flu-like symptoms.

Saunder's family wants anyone with any concerns about bacterial meningitis to be checked out because they say someone somewhere spread this to Saunders.

For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) visit: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

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