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OCHS Students Mourn Loss of Classmate

Candlelight vigil held Saturday night in memory of Nick Marchant.

Hundreds of students gathered late Saturday night to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of their classmate, Nick Marchant, who died Oct. 22.

Students held candles and huddled near the entrance of the school. A deafening silence was broken only by sobbing and sniffing.

At 10:15 p.m., three balloons - one red, one white, one blue - were released into the sky as students held their candles high.

DJ Smith October 23, 2011 at 05:43 AM
R.I.P. Nick your are loved by many and missed by all hope your happy up there man and maybe one day we will all get to see you again
Lynn Stephens October 23, 2011 at 01:52 PM
God took you Nick because he realized his angels weren't strong enough<3
Neeq79 October 23, 2011 at 04:34 PM
How absolutely sad, many prayers for Nick's friends and family. I pray that parents will really talk to their teens about what's going on in their life, have dinner together every night, be nosey attentive parents because depression and suicide always have warning signs. Teens are not mini-adults, they are still kids that need mom and dad's guidance.
D. Schmitz October 23, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I am new to this area, and I pray for the friends and family of this beautiful young man. I have a daughter who is depressed and I have been homeschooling her since 3rd grade. Life is so hard I hold on to my faith and I still have my child I am afraid for her everyday. Depression is a serious issue with young people, and does not always come with warning signs. We as families need support and not made to feel weird or unwanted. I know this young person will be so missed, and so much sadness to follow. Hopefully people will learn from this and open their hearts and minds to depression.
Joan Neave October 24, 2011 at 12:34 AM
My heart breaks for the family and for the brokenness Nick must have suffered. Teens can be very, very good at not letting anyone suspect how desperate they may feel. God cares so very deeply about each one! I sincerely pray that noone who needs someone to lean on would ever feel they are weird or unwanted....I too have felt the sting of suicide in my own family....I will be LOOKING for any family I can reach out to....there are always reasons for living...
Mitchell Reuter October 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Nick there isn't a day that goes by that i don't think about you and everything that you taught me. I hope that I will have to chance I heaven to hear your laugh once again. RIP Nick, never forgotten
Dustin Block October 24, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Sad, sad story
Zeni September 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I am the mother of Nick Marchant. My husband and I, and our 2 sons, have been grieving for almost a year now. Things happened unexpectedly, no clue that he was even depressed. All those years I thought we were living in almost a perfect world, no such thing. I would do everything for my kids, loving and caring for them is my priority in life. I miss packing his favorite lunch everyday, telling him to stay away from trouble before he leaves the house. I miss his smile. He always had that big smile except when I have to wake him up so early for school or work. I miss making sure that he has a clean shirt for work. I miss when we text each other. I miss how much he appreciates all my cooking. I miss how he was going to show me how to make a perfect omelet, just like the one he cooks at his job, but I said next time…and there will never be next time. I still don’t know where I failed. It hurts reading some of the message where it sounded like we, as his parents didn’t do enough. There are things we know now, that made us realized how this happened. It still breaks my heart when I think about it. But he is at peace now, and that we have our angel watching over our family.

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