We like to pull up the day’s headlines to find inspirational public interest stories, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The Washington town of Lynnwood recently suffered through two days of tragic headlines after two of the local high school’s students and football players died within 48 hours of each other.
The first blow was the loss of the team’s co-captain, Sayon Savorn. Seventeen-year-old Sayon committed suicide the night of June 9th and was discovered by his mother. The following day, fellow co-captain Ryan Truong was also found dead. It’s believed Truong, 17, died of natural causes, though tests from Snohomish County Medical Examiner have yet to determine a cause of death.
Please pray for Lynnwood High School. As many of you know, we have lost two students, two friends to suicide in 48 hours. Sayon, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not talking to you more, sorry for not taking your compliments and your smile and happiness for granted. Ryan, I’m so sorry
— Sophia Anna (@scuderasophia) June 12, 2018
What is know is that the town of Lynnwood is taking the deaths incredibly hard. The football team’s head coach, Keauntea Bankhead, called the loss of both students a “double blow,” stating, “Losing one, and then find out, and you lost the next one.”
Sending love and positive thoughts to my alma mater, Lynnwood High School during this time.
Once a Royal, always a Royal.
— Jordyn (@JordynBerg) June 11, 2018
Assistant coach Cory Tuiolennu also commented on the loss of Savorn and Truong, saying “They were like sons to us. Always had a smile on their face. Always hard workers. Never complained.” Their numbers, 11 and 25, are being retired from the team out of respect.
Grieving alongside the boy’s family and closest friends are the hundreds of students at Lynnwood high school. On Wednesday, the boy’s fellow student body gathered for a memorial, releasing balloons in their honor.
— Lynnwood Football (@LHSRoyalsFB) June 12, 2018
While Truong’s death is a sudden tragedy, especially at such a young age, according to Savorn’s mother, his battle with depression started in middle school. “I was so aware, and I was so close with him. But yet, he just could not, he like lost hope,” Savorn’s mother, Sheri Tada commented to KOMO News.
I am so extremely saddened to hear of the loss of two young lives of Lynnwood students. My door, e-mail, DM and phone is always open to kids who are hurting and need someone to talk to. Your life is valuable and your worth is immeasurable. Lynnwood, you’re in my thoughts.
— Matt Leonard (@CoachMLeonard) June 11, 2018
Savorn’s death brings the discussion around to mental health, especially as it pertains to the nation’s youth. At only 17-years-old, Truong’s depression was severe enough to drive him to suicide. If his loss does anything, hopefully, it emphasizes the need for discussion and action in cases of severe depression.
A GoFundMe page was set up in honor of Savorn to cover his funeral costs.
If you or a loved one suffer from any thoughts of suicide or need support, please reach out to one another. Seek support from friends, parents, or trusted adults. The national suicide lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-8255. #1for1
— Lynnwood High School (@LynnwoodHS) June 11, 2018
H/T: Fox News, Twitter