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'Fly High Sayon:' Lynnwood mourning sudden deaths of two high school football co-captains

Hundreds gathered on the Lynnwood High School football field Wednesday, June 13, 2018, mourning the loss of two 17-year-old students who died over the weekend. (Photo: KOMO News)

LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Hundreds gathered on the Lynnwood High School football field Wednesday, mourning the loss of two 17-year-old students who died over the weekend.

“Everybody is supporting everyone else because nobody knows truly what anyone is going through, but nobody wants it to happen again,” said Andrew Carr, a student at Lynnwood High School.

Classmates, friends and family released hundreds of balloons as part of a memorial for Sayon Savorn and Ryan Truong, two football co-captains who died within 48 hours of each other.

On Saturday, junior Sayon Savorn died by suicide. His mom found him in their Lynnwood home.

Friends and family described Sayon as a happy, optimistic, and ambitious student-athlete.

“It’s crazy. Nobody. Nobody saw this coming,” said Carr. “It just makes you think, who else is in this kind of pain?”

Ryan Truong died Monday from natural causes. According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, there is no suspicious circumstances surrounding Truong’s death.

Truong was set to graduate from Lynnwood High School Friday.

According to the district, they’re still figuring out how they plan to honor him during the commencement ceremony.

On Tuesday, students grieved at two empty parking spots on the high school campus.

Connor Bjornson, a junior at Lynnwood, helped organize the memorial Wednesday.

“We’re hoping this to be a suicide awareness campaign. That we can raise awareness, support his family, but also bring awareness to the issue because no one saw this coming," he said.

On Thursday, Lynnwood violinist Shintaro Tenada is hosting a charity concert at North Lake Christian Church. The event starts at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sayon’s and Ryan’s families.

If you or someone you know is struggling, the Care Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-584-3578. They offer emotional support and crisis intervention for those considering suicide.


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