In a tragic incident that has left the community of Mayfield Heights in shock, 14-year-old Kaeden Ake was found dead on December 12, 2023. A student at Mayfield Middle School, Kaeden died by apparent suicide, according to a news release from the local police department.
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The incident occurred shortly before first responders were dispatched to a wooded area near Ridgebury Boulevard in Mayfield. Despite their prompt response, they could not save the young life that was lost far too early.
Kaeden Ake was a beloved son of Denean Crawford and Garrett Ake. He was a dear brother to Keally Crawford and Cameron Ake, and a cherished grandson of Denise. His untimely departure has left his family, friends, and schoolmates in deep sorrow.
In these trying times, the Mayfield Middle School community is rallying to support each other. The school has arranged for grief counselors and mental health professionals to be available for students and staff grappling with this devastating loss.
This tragic incident underlines the pressing need for robust mental health support and open conversations about mental health in our schools and communities. It’s crucial to ensure that everyone, especially young people, know that help is available when they’re feeling hopeless or in crisis.
Our thoughts are with Kaeden’s family, friends, and all those affected by this heartbreaking event.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, it’s important to reach out for help. In the U.S., contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
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