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Students wear black in honor of teen suicide victim

February 14, 2012 |  1:32 pm

Student dies in fall from Crescenta Valley High School building

Students at Crescenta Valley High School returned to class Tuesday for the first time since a 15-year-old student jumped to his death in what authorities have ruled a suicide.

Many students and staff wore black in memory of sophomore Drew Ferraro, who leaped from a three-story building into a crowded courtyard during lunch on Friday. The incident was witnessed by numerous students.

"I am not the person to wear black," said Corey Timpson, 17, as she headed to her first class. "I try to avoid it, actually, but today I wore it in respect for the loss."

Many students told the Glendale News-Press they were still in shock.

"[School officials] said there is going to be grief counselors available, so that is good," said Leo Rostamian, 18. "A lot of people are going to need that because a lot of people saw the fall."

Others said that they were trying unsuccessfully to avoid talking about the incident, which horrified witnesses and shocked the greater Crescenta Valley community.

"It feels weird, it is just awkward," said Garrett Manalo, 17, of being back on campus. "It is still depressing [with] everything that happened."

Members of the school community were encouraged to don black and heavy metal-themed T-shirts in memory of Ferraro, whom friends described as a music lover and a member of the junior varsity football team.

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

Photo: Parents arrive Friday at Crescenta Valley High School to pick up their children after a teen  jumped to his death from a campus building. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News

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