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UPDATED: July 13, 2014 11:25 a.m.

BALTIMORE — A boy who died at a Maryland summer camp when a tree fell on him during a severe windstorm has been identified as 12-year-old Justin Nicholas Diggs.

A statement released by the family Saturday said Diggs attended Pikesville Middle School, where he was an honor student.

“He loved to swim, play basketball and loved being outside enjoying extreme activities, such as, zip-lining, bungee jumping and anything adventurous. He also loved to draw.

Justin was a happy, upbeat, very loving young man with a very big heart. He would be a friend to anyone.

He attended Pikesville Middle School, Hernwood Elementary School and Happy Acres Preschool. He was an honor student and received several steward awards for being kind and helpful to other students. He brought joy to his mother and grandmother and all who were lucky enough to know him.”

The family say a donations site has been set up with funds going directly to Justin’s mother.

River Valley Ranch is also accepting cards for Diggs’ mother at the camp office. Cards can be sent to 4443 Grave Run Rd, Millers, MD 21102.

Diggs was born in Baltimore on Nov. 26, 2001. He died on June 8 at the camp when a severe storm downed several trees on a path where more than 100 children, including Diggs, were walking. Eight other children were injured.

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