Oakmont High mourns loss of two students

By: Staff Report
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To make a donation to Camy Smith’s family and medical expenses, visit


Neal Desai was heavily involved with Camp Taylor, a free medically supervised camp for children with heart disease, and his family asked for donations to this camp in lieu of flowers. To make a donation, visit

Oakmont High School saw a continuous exchange of hugs and condolences this week as students and faculty grieved the loss of two students, Camy Smith and Neal Desai, in one weekend.

Smith died the morning of Oct. 21 at the age of 15, after a months-long bout with leukemia. Desai, 17, died Saturday, and Placer County Sheriff spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Tuesday that the coroner would not name the cause until a forensic exam is complete.

In a message to Oakmont students and their families, Principal Rob Hasty said district counselors, police chaplains and members of the school’s crisis response team would be available immediately and through the coming weeks to meet with students individually and in groups. He asked anyone in need of assistance or support to contact the school office, and for the community to keep the Smith and Desai families in their thoughts and prayers.

This week, students and faculty from Woodcreek, Roseville and Rio Americano high schools showed their support with posters and condolences. A celebration of Neal Desai's life is planned for Oct. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Destiny Community Center, 6850 Five Star Boulevard in Rocklin.