LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid school community is mourning the death of a former student.
Jackalyn M. Boyer, 16, of Malone, died Tuesday at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. She was a junior at Franklin Academy there.
Boyer attended Lake Placid Middle-High School as recently as last year. She achieved high honors as a sophomore.
District Superintendent Randy Richards described the death as a suicide. Speaking before Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Richards said Boyer's death "rests heavy on everybody.
"Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of that student," Richards said.
Richards told the Enterprise the mood at both schools was somber on Tuesday. He said the district has, unfortunately, had to deal with student deaths in the past.
Guidance counselors were on hand throughout the school day to talk to students about Boyer's death.
"We had volunteers from the community come in, too," he said. "Students could leave class freely and go to these people to talk.
"What I saw time and time again that impressed me the most was students comforting each other," Richards added. "Putting their arms around each other, talking to each other. And the adults were true professionals, but you could tell they were shaken, too. It's tough."
Boyer was the daughter of Bryan P. Boyer, who lives in Malone with his fiancee Lisa Lawrence, and Paula L. Sansone, who lives in Lake Placid with her fiance William Hurley. She had two sisters: Jessica Boyer of Lake Placid and Jessi Lawrence of Malone.
An obituary from the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone that appears in today's Enterprise said Boyer was "known for her contagious bright personality."
A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church in Malone.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made out to Out of the Darkness, care of Deb Jerdo, 144 Lake St., Saranac Lake NY 12983. Out of the Darkness is a suicide awareness cause with a local chapter started by Deb and Doug Jerdo, who lost a son to suicide shortly after losing a daughter to meningitis. The group organizes an annual awareness walk around the speedskating oval in front of Lake Placid Middle-High School.