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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:20 PM
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Todd Tihart (r) kansas...youngest son suicide
Saturday, July 24, 2004

A prominent Kansas family is grieving after an apparent suicide. The body of the youngest son of U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt, Luke, was found this morning in the familys Virginia home.

Luke is on the right-hand side, standing next to his father, the congressman.

Luke Tiahrt was 16-years-old and the youngest of the three children. He would have been a junior at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va.

Luke was born in Wichita and attended Saint Marks in Sedgwick County for first and third grades, then began attending Virginia Public Schools. He played football, lacrosse and guitar. Tiahrts political colleagues offer their condolences.

This is a terrible tragedy, says state senator Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita.

While little is being disclosed about the cause of his death, sources say Luke was found around 4:30 this morning. No signs of foul play, authorities are handling it as a suicide, which is all too common for teenagers.

Depression is definitely linked to suicide, says suicide prevention expert Liz McGinness.

Tiahrt and his other son flew back to Wichita from Washington today. The family has not made any funeral arrangements at this time.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:23 PM
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1. that is very sad
Edited on Sat Jul-24-04 11:24 PM by seabeyond
and i am sorry this father and the mom and other siblings are going to be in the pain they will experience for the longest of times
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:23 PM
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2. Thats very sad
I know where Woodson is, we play them often in sports.
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Fed Up Donating Member (443 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:26 PM
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3. my condolences. Last month the Oregon senator's son did the same thing.
sad.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:27 PM
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4. The son of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon)
also killed himself recently. I think it was in December or something.

Then Smith came out in favor of more funding for mental health/suicide prevention. I can't understand why so many Repubs think these types of problems don't matter unless it affects them personally.

It's all very sad.
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MariaS Donating Member (545 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:32 PM
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5. People just don't get it
until it knocks on their door. Then reality kicks in.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:45 PM
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6. Son of Bart Stupak (D-MI) also committed suicide -- Acne drug was in use
Happened a couple of years ago.

Very sad.

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