Amaria Hagan, born September 28th of 2001, will be dearly missed. Amaria was a wonderful sister, daughter, and friend. Amaria was born in Newport News, Virginia, and attended school at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia before moving to Brunswick County in 2010.
Amaria Hagan was very quiet in school, but for those that took the time to know and love her, she will be remembered for a multitude of gifts and talents. As a child, Amaria desired to become a school teacher. She loved to learn and she loved sharing her knowledge with others. As she became older, she found a love for dance, cooking, and languages. Amaria taught herself the basics of Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and German before finding a passion for South Korean language, Korean Pop (K-Pop) music and culture. She loved to watch anime and read “fan fiction”, original stories written by fans about celebrities, anime characters, and just about any topic you can think of. While learning about Japanese music, Amaria began teaching herself 3D animation using a free program called Miku Miku Dance (MMD). At first, she would download content from other creators and manipulate it. Soon after Amaria began creating her own models and animation routines. She shared a very small sampling of her work on YouTube under the name “Amaria”.
Amaria Hagan loved to dance! She played several dance video games and would always achieve the highest score of each song she played. She would make it look so easy. Amaria would always teach herself the full dance routine from her favorite songs and would remember them all. One of her goals was to become a dance choreographer.
On May 18th of 2016, Amaria was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She fought a very hard battle with this cancer of the white blood cells. She continued to do her schoolwork to the best of her ability while suffering from the effects of surgeries and chemotherapy drugs. After being given the option, Amaria decided to graduate from Brunswick High School in 2018, one year earlier than she wanted to. Amaria learned that she was in remission of Leukemia in August of 2018.
After almost two years cancer-free, Amaria began a second fight with Leukemia. On June 23, 2020 she was admitted into the hospital. Again, Amaria was very brave and fought hard. After quickly getting her immune system down to almost nothing, and after not detecting any cancer in her blood, Amaria became very sick and her health quickly turned for the worse. On July 3rd of 2020, Amaria lost her life to what was later diagnosed as a bacterial infection.
Amaria Hagan leaves behind her mother Lateia, father Lawrence, brothers and sisters D’monte, Demetrus, Arianna, and Lawren, grandparents Ronald, Nancy, Scearven, and Patricia, and a multitude of uncles, aunts, and cousins. We all love you, and you will truly be missed. “Ya done good Mini-Me!”