There are two teenage brothers who are connected to a Chicago area among the victims who have lost their lives after volcano broke in New Zealand Monday.
Matthew and Berend Hollander died in hospital as a result of injuries from the White Island volcano, according to a letter sent to parents from the Knox Grammar School in Australia.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Berend 16 was and Matthew 13 was.
Their parents, Martin and Barbara Hollander, have not reported, the school says.
The family moved from Northbrook, a suburb north of Chicago, to Australia about five years ago, WLS-TV reported. The teenage mother is from the area and her father is from Sydney.
“We are together with our families crying the loss of our loved ones,” Barbara's parents said in a statement sent to the television station. “The wonderful daughter, Barbara Hollander, and our son-law, Martin Hollander, were a great couple and parents of our grandson.” T
The school remembered the brothers in his letter: "Matthew had close friends and was very popular with his colleagues. He was always enthusiastic about his life and was actively involved in school and year group activities."
"Ben was a compassionate and enthusiastic student with an interest in software design. Ben's exciting smile and unusual funny had a good relationship with his close friends and to welcome all classrooms."
Family members released a statement through Knox Grammar School requesting privacy.
"We are very broken about this loss," the family said in a statement. "Ben and Matthew were wonderful and kind boys who lived a short short life.
"They liked Knox and all their friends, and the lifestyle and sport outside Australia they took when they moved from the United States six years ago. They had a lasting positive impact on the paths of everyone they crossed. "
The New Zealand medical team continued to work for a clock dealing with survivors who were heavily erupted as the estimated death toll climbed to 16 early Thursday.
The task faced by doctors in burnt units around the country was very important when Dr. Peter Watson, chief medical officer, attended a news conference that had to order additional skin from American skin banks.
Watson said the team hoped that an additional 1,300 square feet of skin would be needed for patients. Most people who survived the eruption suffered him, and 28 patients are still in hospital, including 23 in critical condition.
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The police believe that there were 47 visitors to the island at the time of eruption, 24 of them in Australia, nine Americans, five New Zealand and others from Germany, the UK, China and Malaysia. Many of them were passengers on board a cruise ship Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas.
A dangerous mission returned to companies from the island retrieved on Friday morning several times from the island.
Contributory: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; Associated Press. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.