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Vigil Friday Night for 3 West Fargo Students

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The West Fargo High School family has experienced significant loss in the last two days. Thursday, school officials confirmed through family the unexpected death of Tessa Miller. Her body is being prepared for organ donation.

Friday morning, the school district confirmed from the family of Ian Alves that he lost his lengthy battle with cancer.

Also Friday morning, student Levi Schulz was hit by a pickup truck on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo. Friday afternoon, Levi's family confirmed there is no brain activity, and his body is being prepared for organ donation at this time.

The crisis response team from WFHS, as well as counseling staff from across the West Fargo district and from the Fargo district have been onsite and are available for students and staff through 4:00 PM Friday. For people who would like some firsthand feedback from a school counselor about managing grief in teens, including what signs to look for in your teen that they may be suffering from depression, we're posting our interview with Moorhead school counselor Sarah Miller in its entirety here. Miller was the counselor on hand after the death of Moorhead high student Austin Wagar in a car accident in Clay County just days before this year's school year started.

A candlelight vigil is planned to celebrate the lives of these three students Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the ball diamonds at Elmwood Park, which is on the north side of 13th Avenue.


From the West Fargo School District:

"Over this weekend, it will be extremely important for parents to spend time communicating with their children.  We would like to encourage parents to acknowledge the intensity of the losses their child has experienced this week.  The death of a peer can greatly affect a young person, even if he/she did not know the deceased.  It is important to provide a number of opportunities for the teen to express feelings of grief and loss. Often, adolescents need to be with peers; encourage your teen to meet with friends (under adult supervision)…open your home to them…listen and provide support in whatever ways you are able.  In the aftermath of this sort of tragedy, it is also important for parents to watch their students for any signs of depression (difficulty sleeping, no desire to eat, irritability), and to contact the appropriate agencies for assistance if necessary."

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