Nicholas Bettis, 16 was found Tuesday, Jan. 12, deceased at his home in Frazier Park, apparently from self-inflicted hanging. He was an athlete and well-liked by his peers at Frazier Mountain High School.
UPDATE (Wednesday, Jan. 13, 11:55 a.m.)— A “Celebration of Life” service for students will take place at Frazier Mountain High School gym on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11:20 a.m.
Friends from Nick’s junior class are planning a community candlelight memorial in Frazier Mountain Park at the basketball court on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
FRAZIER PARK (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m.)—At 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, sheriff’s deputies were called to the Frazier Park home of Nicholas Bettis, 16.
The Frazier Mountain High School junior was found to have died by what appeared to be a self-inflicted hanging.
Bettis is known as a well-liked, cheerful young athlete, active in several sports.
A pall of silence fell over the high school as text messages flew like wildfire between students. The ASB is said to be planning a memorial "Celebration of Life" service at the high school on Thursday, Jan. 14 after lunch, if the family agrees. Friends from Nick’s junior class are also planning a 6:30 p.m. candlelight memorial at Frazier Mountain Park at the basketball court on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Sergeant Mark Brown spoke for many when he said, in the midst of the briefing, " It is so sad. All I could think of is going home and hugging my 17 year old son and telling him I love him." The community extends heartfelt condolences to the family.
This is part of the January 08, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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