|Madison "Maddy" Boutelle, second from right,… (Daily Pilot )|
Kira Ellis remembers meeting Madison "Maddy" Boutelle two years ago.
"When we first saw each other, we knew we were going to be best friends," the 14-year-old said. "She came up to me, I stuck out my hand to shake her hand, and she just hugged me."
Maddy, a beaming 13-year-old who attended Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach, suffered a brain aneurysm June 8 at a friend's birthday party in Newport. It was the result of a previously unidentified set of thin arteries in her brain, relatives and friends said.
After an emergency surgery at Hoag Hospital, the popular eighth-grader was taken to Children's Hospital of Orange County, where she died Tuesday.
"She was more like a best friend, my closest friend," said Maddy's twin brother, Jack. "She was five minutes older than me. She always rubbed that in my face. I don't know a person she ever hurt … she touched so many people. I love her."