Teenagers touched by suicide working with other teens just may be the best way to curb the rising suicide trend Article by: Mary Beth Sammons When Fenway Jones’ buddy took his own life in 2017, the then 15-year-old Fenton, Michigan freshman lost her Dungeons & Dragons “partner in crime,” and best friend. Months later, she mourned the suicide of another close friend. “Gaming was a place my friend Jasper could find an escape from depression,” says Jones, now 16.
Lee Reeves is a boxer. Twenty-two. Lives in Limerick, Ireland. Has a Hollywood-handsome face that looks like it has never met a fist. No imperfections. Nothing that says it has seen a single day of trouble. Deonte Washington is also a boxer. Nineteen. Lives in Anacostia. His face is pop-star pretty, too. Bright eyes and a winning smile. No hint of fear or failure.
BALTIMORE – Word finally came around 6:30 that they were gathering. All day the spotters had been looking out onto Pennsylvania Ave. — a few blocks from where a CVS was emptied by looters then burned on national television Monday — to see if the neighborhood would erupt again. Gervonta “Tank” Davis was in the middle of having his hands taped to prepare for a workout, but he sprinted out of the Upton Boxing Center to see what was happening.
Bernard Cairns was all of 17 when he climbed the scaffolding inside Holy Cross Church in Belfast and hanged himself. Earlier that day in 2003, Cairns had attended the funeral of a close friend, another suicide victim, at the same Catholic chapel where he chose to end his life, becoming the latest in an alarming trend in Northern Ireland’s capital.
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