Lynnwood High School grieving after two students die in two days
LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Classmates at Lynnwood High School wore yellow on Tuesday to honor the sudden deaths of two 17-year-old students.
Sayon Savorn died by suicide at his Lynnwood home.
Sheri Tada, Sayon’s mom, found her son dead Saturday evening.
“I don’t think any mother should have that vision in their mind. And every time I close my eyes it’s there – it’s what I see,” said Tada, sitting next to a memorial of Sayon.
Tada said Sayon first talked to her about depression in middle school.
“I was so aware, and I was so close with him. But yet, he just could not, he like lost hope,” said Tada.
Sayon was co-captain on the Lynnwood Royals football team alongside Ryan Truong, who was found dead on Monday.
Truong, a senior at Lynnwood High School, was set to graduate on Friday.
“It’s like a double blow,” said Lynnwood football head coach Keauntea Bankhead. “Losing one, and then find out, and you lost the next one. And those guys were both my captains.”
According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, pending further lab tests, Truong died from natural causes. There is no suspicious circumstances surrounding Truong’s death, according to authorities.
“They were like sons to us,” said assistant coach, Cory Tuiolenuu. “Always had a smile on their face. Always hard workers. Never complained. First guys out to practice, last guys to leave.”
The coaching staff said their jersey numbers, #11 and #25, will not be worn for the 2018-2019 season. Instead, players will wear helmet stickers of the two player’s numbers.
Sheri says she hopes her son’s death can be a reminder to families of keeping a close eye for signs of suicidal thoughts.
“With Sayon’s passing - that every mom and every family should just kind of be aware, aware of how their kids are.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral costs.
The school plans to host a balloon release in honor of Sayon at Martha Lake Park Wednesday at 4 p.m.
If you or someone you know is struggling, the Care Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-584-3578. They offer emotional support and crisis intervention for those considering suicide.