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Family remembers teen lost to suicide

10:53 PM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
  • 13-year-old Kaine Breeden took his own life on May 7.
  • Family, friends and community members gathered to remember a 13-year-old boy who took his own life. Kaine Breeden's family says he was bullied.
  • Kaine Breeden's brother, mother and aunt remember the 13-year-old who took his own life. Kaine Breeden's family says he was bullied.
    
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Dozens of people gathered Saturday night to remember a 13-year-old boy who took is own life and to stand up against bullying.

"I wish he was still here so I could see him one last time," said Kaine Breeden's brother, Stevie Breeden.

Kaine Breeden, 13, took his own life on May 7.  His family, friends and members of the community gathered for a vigil outside Northwest Middle School Saturday.  Breeden was a student there. Those at the gathering wore shirts with the date of Breeden's death and held signs with messages against bullying and hate.

Breeden's family said after his death they learned he had been bullied.  Now, they're taking a stand to make sure what happened to him doesn't happen to someone else.

"We couldn't save Kaine, but we're hoping to help somebody else that may be going through this," Breeden's aunt Lisa Napier said. "So many kids have come forward, you know, since the funeral and have said how they've been bullied here at this school and we just want change," Breeden's mother Misty Breeden said. "You know, if you look different or your clothes are different, you know it doesn't matter."

Breeden's family said he was very smart and always liked to crack jokes.  His brother has a message for those feeling down and contemplating suicide, "Don't count the days, make the days count."

10News does not normally report suicides, but because of the outpouring of support from the community and the fight against bullying, we decided to share Breeden's story.


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