Young cancer victim honored at Roseville school

Students plant tree in tribute to PJ Virador
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A crape myrtle tree was planted at Sargeant Elementary School in Roseville on Wednesday to honor a little boy who lost his life to brain cancer.

Paul J. Virador, 6, succumbed to the disease on Valentine's Day after a six-month battle. PJ, as he was known, had attended preschool at Stoneridge Elementary School and was supposed to start at Sargeant a year ago but then fell ill. He was homeschooled by a teacher in the district. A tree was also planted at Stoneridge.

During the ceremony, Principal Teri Seaman remarked on the Virador family's involvement in the school. PJ's older brother Alian went to Sargeant and is now in eighth grade.

The California Highway Patrol was also in attendance on a mounted horse, named after PJ. In October, PJ had received a special appointment as an honorary Roseville firefighter, police officer and California Highway Patrolman.

"They wanted to make his life special because he was a wonderful boy," Seaman said.

His dad Apollo Virador thanked the staff and students for honoring their son, especially on Wednesday - what would have been his 7th birthday.

~ Sena Christian