Dodge City residents rally for suicide awareness

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) Monday afternoon, Dodge City residents concerned about the recent deaths of young people rallied together to raise awareness about suicide.

Police say, so far in 2018, they have worked three suicide-related deaths.

"It's just really sad that we're losing our teens up here, and I just want to get to the bottom of it," said Angela Gregg.

She came together Monday afternoon with other Dodge City residents who are concerned about recent deaths by suicide.

Lorenzo Gallegos and Summer Bates organized Monday's rally. They say the community has taken a blow in the recent months.

"There's been a lot of young people taking their own lives and it's come to a boiling point where it's sad," said Gallegos.

"You see it almost on a weekly basis - the sadness, the hurt that the community is experiencing. We're tired of it. We need to show them that we love them, that we love our youth, that they are important to us," Bates said.

Participants shared messages of hope with the posters they waved and shouts of love in their effort to continue spreading suicide awareness.

Dodge City police and fire crews also showed their support.

"We're a team out here. We're supposed to support one another and that's what it's all about. Just loving one another, supporting one another and just moving forward together," said a parent in attendance.