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Grieving Father Talks About Teen’s Suicide

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By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

NEW LONDON, Minn. (WCCO) — Hundreds of people from the small community of New London-Spicer gathered Sunday to deal with the crisis of teen suicide and embrace two grieving families.

A father says through his community, he’s able to find strength following the death of his teenage daughter.

Earlier this month, Tim Lucas of New London-Spicer found his 15-year-old daughter Halee dead. There was a suicide note next to her.

Two days after Haley’s death, 19-year old Zach Jones killed himself.

“Somehow suicide was an answer, was the way out. That was a huge lie. And spread that to our children and let them know it is not a solution. It does not help anything. It does not solve anything,” Lucas said.

The community forum brought together mental health experts, school officials and church leaders.

They plan to meet again next Monday.

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