Placerville Teen’s Death Investigated as Suicide, Friends Gather for Vigil

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PLACERVILLE-

Dozens of students, friends and faculty gathered at Herbert Green Middle School sharing fond memories of Mason Hanaway.

Hanaway, 13, died Monday after deputies say he took his own life.

During his vigil, friends wore blue shirts and released blue balloons in honor of Hanaway’s favorite color.

Friends were shocked by the news. They said Hanaway was never bullied, had lots of friends and always had a smile on his face.

“He was a good kid. A happy kid. Very sad very tragic,” said family friend Ed Regan

In 2010, two children under the age of 14 committed suicide in Sacramento.

That same year, 216 youth suicides took place nationwide.

Experts say most young suicides stem from depression, mood disorders or a family history of suicidal thoughts or mental illness.

Experts say parents should talk with their children about suicide.

They say talking about it will not plant suicidal thoughts in young minds.

While friends didn’t say much about Hanaway’s death, parents are more appreciative of the time they have with their children.

“It makes you feel like you want to tell your kid you love them,” said Regan.

If someone you know is having suicidal thoughts call the Well Space Health 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the word “HOPE” to (916) 668-ICAN.

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