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Students raise money for classmate's headstone

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It’s a joyous time for high school seniors across the state as they celebrate graduation and look forward to their next chapters in life.

Those celebrations are taking a more somber tone at one Mid-Michigan school as students mourn the sudden death of a classmate.

“He was really intelligent. He was a wild individual and a lot of fun,” said Logan Rhyndress, student at Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose.

That is how he describes one of his best friends, Brandon Tyree.

They were set to graduate together this Friday from high school. But early last week, Tyree took his own life.

Now Tyree’s classmates are standing together to raise awareness for suicide and hopefully stop it from happening again.

“I just hope that people look at the impact you can have on other people and know there’s always someone that you can lean on and that will be there for you,” Rhyndress said.

The students are holding an ice cream benefit and will donate some of the proceeds to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The benefit will be held at Carie’s Caboose in Montrose from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

“The proceeds that they make go towards buying a headstone for him and donating to a suicide awareness and giving some money to his family,” said Max Groulx, student.

Principal Dr. Linden Moore said the efforts shown by the high school seniors to make a positive impact, even as they mourn, shows how caring the students really are.

“It certainly reflects our students’ ability to try to take something that is heartbreaking and turn it into something where people can learn from it and maybe more awareness can be made,” Moore said.

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