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Northeast Colorado Springs school district's losses continue with death of Falcon High 10th-grader

April 20, 2017 Updated: April 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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photo - Falcon High School. Image via Google Maps.
Falcon High School. Image via Google Maps. 

Falcon High School students and parents were informed Thursday morning of another tragic loss.

"It is almost unbelievable that we must share more sad news," the message sent by Falcon School District 49 spokesman Matt Meister said, referring to the death Wednesday of 10th-grader Alex Bourbon.

The district did not release any other information about the death.

Alex was a member of the school's Junior ROTC program and had attended D-49 schools since the fifth grade, Meister said.

Counselors from the district's Grief, Trauma and Loss Team were at the school on Thursday.

The loss of the sophomore student is part of a string of tragedies the northeastern district of nearly 21,000 students has faced in recent months.

- A suspected drunken driver claimed the life of senior Michael Finley on the night of April 14, in a car crash that happened near the district administration office.

- A top administrator who oversaw Falcon High School and other schools in the area died April 8, when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle near the community soccer fields.

- A D-49 middle school teacher died in a skiing accident on Pikes Peak in March.

- The district's head of transportation was shot to death in February near his Denver home, a homicide that remains unsolved.

Two other D-49 staff members have died in the past year as well.

Sudden, successive deaths can compound grieving, Kim Boyd, lead Falcon D-49 psychologist told The Gazette in an interview last week. Even if students or staff didn't have a direct relationship with the person who passed away, they can feel the effects, she said.

Several dogs and handlers from Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response were at Falcon High Thursday to provide support to students and staff.

"This is a very difficult time for our students, staff and entire Falcon High School and District 49 community," Meister said.

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