Family, friends mourn Southeast High School student who died by suicide

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Family and friends continue to mourn a Southeast High School student who died by suicide Friday afternoon.

Liz Hamor is the Wichita Chapter Director of GLSEN, a non-profit organization for LGBTQ students in schools. She says she heard the news just hours after it happened.

"Around 4:30 I got a message from one of the Shine student leaders about what happened and I asked how GLSEN KS can help," Hamor said.

After that text, friends of the teenager who died started right away planning for a candlelight vigil Wednesday (May 15) at College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. 1st St. Not only for their peers but for others who may be going through a tough time.

"I think it will help to let them know that people do care about those who do these things," said Gabby Gestring.

Hamor says the vigil will be a space where people will be able to start healing and to create a call to action.

"I just think it is very vital that everyone knows that there is someone there for them," Jace Candy said.

Students say the message is simple-- No one is alone.

"Because through the mourning process, through finding something out like this. There is a loneliness that will be felt," Alec Strouse said.

Hamor says working through tragedies like this is never an easy task but it is the students she works with that makes things better for her.

"The students and our student leaders definitely give me hope that there are people who can jump in when a tragedy happens," Hamor said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free line for people in suicidal crises or emotional distress. That number is 1-800-273- 8255. LGBTQ students can also get help by calling The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.