The tragic news has come in that Damon Weaver, the young boy who interviewed Barack Obama, has died at the age of twenty-three...
And already, so many tributes have come pouring in.
@TIME Rest gently Damon. Sincere condolences to the Weaver family and friends of Damon.— Betty Holford (@Betty Holford)1621094753.0
This breaks my heart. I remember watching Damon Weaver’s interview as a high schooler. https://t.co/bViNv5BqF2— Thomas Novelly (@Thomas Novelly)1621058621.0
@thehill Rest in power Damon Weaver. 🤟😞 Your determined mojo opened more doors for young people to become a member… https://t.co/vyl9hfcFMl— P.A.M. Hydress (@P.A.M. Hydress)1621189182.0
This is so sad💔 Sending comforting thoughts and prayers to the family & friends of Damon Weaver "Kid Reporter". R… https://t.co/EArfyittZP— Andrea Issa (@Andrea Issa)1621104207.0
RIP Damon Weaver. Tragic. Rest easy.— We’re all Team America (@We’re all Team America)1621102921.0
RIP Damon Weaver. Goodnight, sweet prince. https://t.co/cQgTe8l4RK— BaltimꪮreTom🇺🇸🌊 (@BaltimꪮreTom🇺🇸🌊)1621122670.0
@nytimes It is painful to hear of yet another young gifted soul who is gone too soon. May his memory be a blessing🕊— G’Ma Diva: straight-no chaser (@G’Ma Diva: straight-no chaser)1621120102.0
@nytimes Very sad news... he was such a light & I remember his interviews well. 🙏🏽💐🙏🏽💐🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Nancy Cardwell (@Nancy Cardwell)1621128906.0
@nytimes This is so incredibly sad. All and any death is incredibly sad and difficult for me. My heartfelt prayers… https://t.co/KoZBvCG4j8— Carolyn Danley (@Carolyn Danley)1621133791.0
Now, Damon Weaver first made a name for himself back in 2009, when he was just eleven years old.
Weaver, a native of Pahokee, Florida, took an interest in journalism when he was in the fifth grade and he began volunteering for the school newscast at KE Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary.
"Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested," Brian Zimmerman, his teacher, told the Palm Beach Post in 2016.
"And right away, I just saw the potential for the way he was on camera. You could see his personality come through. He wasn't nervous being on camera."
Weaver went on to win America's heart when he became the youngest ever reporter to interview a sitting president.
On August 13th, 2009, the eleven-year-old interviewed former POTUS Barack Obama for ten minutes in a conversation posted to YouTube.
Weaver largely focused on education, including what could be done to improve school lunches.
"I remember when I used to get school lunches, sometimes they didn't taste so good, I've got to admit," Obama said, "We are actually seeing if we can work to at least make school lunches healthier. Because a lot of school lunches, there's a lot of french fries, pizzas, tater tots. All kinds of stuff that isn't a well-balanced meal."
Weaver then said: "I suggest that we have French fries and mangos every day for lunch."
Weaver also told the then-president he appeared to get "bullied a lot" and asked how Obama handled it.
"I think that when you're president, you're responsible for a lot of things," Obama said. "A lot of people are having a tough time and they're hurting out there. And the main thing I just try to do is stay focused on trying to do a good job, and try to be understanding that sometimes people are going to be mad about things."
The youngster also interviewed then vice-president Joe Biden and basketball legend Dwyane Wade.
Weaver also asked the former president to be his "homeboy", noting that Biden had already agreed.
"Absolutely," a smiling Obama responded, shaking his hand.
Weaver's sister, Candace Hardy, recently told The Palm Beach Post he was studying communications at Georgia's Albany State University to fulfill his dream of becoming a sports journalist...
And he was looking forward to returning to school in the fall.
But earlier this month, tragedy struck.
Weaver's family announced that the aspiring journalist passed away on May 1st at the age of twenty-three.
His sister said he died from natural causes and didn't disclose the official cause of death.
"A lot of people looked up to him," she told the Palm Beach Post. "With him being so young, he made a way for more students to engage in journalism."
She then described her brother as "just a nice person, genuine, very intelligent.- he was a ball of light with so much energy. He was always a joy to be around. He left an impact on a lot of people."
Rest in Peace, Damon.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.