Funeral for Clayton student who died after training in extreme heat set for Saturday

The funeral for Imani Bell will be held on Saturday at Hillside Chapel and Truth Center.
The funeral for Imani Bell will be held on Saturday at Hillside Chapel and Truth Center.

A funeral for Imani Bell, a Clayton County student who died last week after a conditioning drill at Elite Scholars Academy, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road, S.W. in Atlanta.

A wake for the 16-year-old is scheduled for Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Divine Faith Ministries International, 9800 Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.

According to her family, the teen, a basketball player at the Academy, was running in extreme heat last Tuesday during a conditioning drill. After reportedly telling her coach that she was feeling ill, she was told to run up steps. She later collapsed and died.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Bell  for Wednesday from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Dixon Grove Baptist Church, 7690 Fielder Road in Jonesboro. Those in attendance are asked to wear a shade of purple, according to a Facebook post.