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LAHS comes to grips with student's death

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Tragedy > Police investigating a possible suicide

By The Staff

A 16-year-old Los Alamos High School student died Tuesday night and Los Alamos police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.

“We did have an unattended death of a 16-year-old male last night,” LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster said. “It appears to be a suicide.”

Foster and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider confirmed the incident happened at the White Rock home of the juvenile.
Foster said the juvenile sustained a gunshot wound and his body was taken to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

“That is standard procedure for any unattended death,” Foster said.

The police activity report said a suicide call came in at 8:29 p.m.

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he is working on coordinating with the police chaplain, in the hope of meeting with the family later today.

Schmidt also said that high school Principal Sandy Warnock has met with the staff and implemented the district’s “good grief” policy.

In addition, Schmidt said at least five additional counselors were sent to the high school this morning from other schools around the district.

“We are adequately staffed to meet the needs of the students,” Schmidt said.