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Community in shock after death of star athlete

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Fitch while playing football for Swartz Creek Fitch while playing football for Swartz Creek

A local community is left in shock after the death of their star athlete after Swartz Creek student and quarterback Brendon Fitch took his own life.

Brendon Fitch was a record-setting quarterback and a popular student at the high school.

It was just this past September that he set a new state record for passing yards, he threw 603-yards in one game to beat Flint Kearsley. It was a proud moment for Fitch and for the entire school.

The superintendent posted a message on the school district's Facebook page that said, "A crisis team is on site at the high school working with students and staff. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."

This news devastates everyone and brings up the question of what can be done to keep a tragedy like this from happening.

TV5 turned to our family expert, Dr. Tom Haller for his expertise on what parents should look out for. He says many times it's the star athletes and all around good students dealing with the most.

Dr. Haller says parents should keep a close eye on their child's social media. Read their comments and read their friends comments.

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