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Friends remember suicide victim by decorating tunnel

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Tragedy hit twice in one week for Cosby High School students. A recent graduate and soldier, Kyle Stoeckli died after being killed in Afghanistan and 17-year-old teen, Cal Reilly, died just days before graduation after committing suicide.

Several students from Cosby High School's graduation wore a purple ribbon in honor of Cal Reilly at graduation.

There were also purple ribbons in the place where he passed away. As you enter the tunnel on the bike path, where he reportedly died, you can see just how many people this teenager touched.

The words are bold and colorful, spray painted on the dark cement walls of the Hampton Park neighborhood. There are also handwritten notes, flowers, candles, and mementos on the ground below.

One reads, "Cal, you will be forever in our hearts....you're loved more than every by your whole family."

Another said, "I hope you know that you are loved."

"Cal's just a really great person," said Ian Krauss, a friend. "He was all of our friends at a point. He touched a lot of people and he left his mark and we'll always remember him for who he is. No matter where he is, he'll always be with us."

As graduates came flooding out off the Seigel Center from Cosby High School's graduation, students had purple ribbons as a reminder of Cal Reilly- just 17- who's name was still listed in the graduation book.

Classmates said his parents accepted his diploma.

"He was a great soul," said Cole Hobson. "Everybody liked him, and he was just a nice kid."

In a letter to parents, Principal Brenda Mayo said, "We extend our sympathy to those affected by this loss and are providing grief-related support to our students."

The school also offered grief counseling service contact numbers to parents, because school services will end when classes do next week.

Here is some information about Cal's funeral: 

http://www.bennettfuneralhomes.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2109743&fh_id=11902

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