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Handcuffed by the police at 11, a girl in Michigan has died of the virus at 14.

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This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.

Honestie Hodges, who was handcuffed by the police outside her home in Grand Rapids, Mich., when she was 11, a frightening incident that drew outrage and national headlines in 2017, died on Sunday. She was 14.

Her death, at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, was caused by Covid-19, her grandmother Alisa Niemeyer wrote in a post on the website GoFundMe.

On Dec. 6, 2017, Honestie and her family were confronted outside their home by police officers with their guns drawn.

The police, who said they had been searching for a 40-year-old woman in connection with a stabbing, briefly handcuffed the 11-year-old, an incident that caused a widespread uproar and led to a soul-searching within the Grand Rapids Police Department.

This year, Honestie developed severe stomach pains on Nov. 9, her 14th birthday. Taken to the hospital, she tested positive for the coronavirus, and she was placed on a ventilator a few days later.

Then, on Sunday, Ms. Niemeyer wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to tell you that my beautiful, sassy, smart, loving granddaughter has gone home to be with Jesus.”

Ms. Niemeyer told WOOD-TV that Honestie had been “healthy and happy” with no underlying health issues.

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