Early Tuesday morning, January 14, first responders were called to Laurel High School when 15-year-old Destiny Heidelberg suddenly collapsed. Tuesday afternoon, after being transported to a hospital in Jackson, Destiny passed away. According to her mother, Brandy Heidelberg, Destiny was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat two years ago. Her heart issue contributed to her death.
“Destiny was a very sweet, loving child,” said Brandy. She said when Destiny would have issues with her classmates at school, she would get upset with them but then quickly get over it.
“She was a church-going little girl,” continued Brandy. “She loved going to church and was there every Sunday morning. And if they had a service on Sunday night, she was there.”
Destiny leaves behind five sisters and brothers: Justin Hicks (22), Heather Hicks (20), Katlyn Heidelberg (17), Sierra Heidelberg (13) and Mark Heidelberg Jr. (12). According to her mother, two years ago Destiny and her siblings lost their father, Mark Heidelberg.
“Destiny had a hard time with her dad’s death, and I think it really took its toll on her,” said Brandy.
The Laurel School District superintendent’s office released the following statement Wednesday, January 15: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of a member of the Tornado family. Our priority is to support our students and teachers as they grieve the loss of a student and classmate. We have provided additional counseling support at Laurel High School for our students as they process their grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this extremely difficult time.”
Destiny’s visitation and the funeral are Sunday, January 19 beginning at 2 p.m. at United Missionary Baptist Church, 1118 Hayes Street in Queensburg.
A “Destiny Heidelberg” GoFundMe account has been set up by her aunt, Samantha Watson, to help with the funeral costs. Donations can also be made at Destiny’s church, United Missionary Baptist Church.