Students schedule candlelight vigil for Chris Jaquez at Olive Peirce Middle School

Olive Peirce Middle School students wear orange and blue, the favorite colors of fellow student Chris Jaquez, who died on Sept. 17. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard
Olive Peirce Middle School students wear orange and blue, the favorite colors of fellow student Chris Jaquez, who died on Sept. 17. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Students at Olive Peirce Middle School will hold a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Wednesday for eighth-grader Chris Jaquez, who died on Sept. 17.

The vigil will be held outside the band room at the school, 1521 Hanson Lane. Jaquez was a drummer in the school’s jazz band.

During school on Wednesday, many students wore Jaquez’s favorite colors ­— orange and blue — in his memory. School officials said the student, who apparently committed suicide, was talented, well-liked, and respected by teachers and by peers.

A 24-hour crisis line is available for those at risk of suicide at 888-724-7240, or see Up2SD.org.

   
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