Difficult time: Relatives of George Kazanjian, inset, carry his casket out of the Church of the Assumption in Maraval yesterday following the funeral service. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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Teenagers warned, 'You are not alone', after classmate's suicide

By —Gyasi Gonzales

FR Reginald Hezekiah yesterday pleaded with the young people gathered for the funeral of 16-year-old George Kazanjian to talk about their issues because, "You are not alone. Your parents and relatives are here for you and they love you."

Kazanjian, a pupil of St Mary's College, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon following an hour-and-a-half-long ceremony at the Church of the Assumption in Maraval.

Last week Monday he was found hanging in the washroom of his family's Nutmeg Avenue, Haleland Park, home from a rope that was tied to the room's burglar-proofing.

He left a note telling his family he loved them but he never said why he took his own life.

None of his relatives or friends wanted to say anything about the suicide yesterday as this was a "difficult time".

The teenager's funeral was well attended and scores of people had to remain outside the church. Just under half of the mourners were pupils in school uniform with their watery, glazed eyes remaining fixed on Kazanjian's light-coloured wooden casket.

"With so many of you here let's try to ease our pain and our grief because life and death has an effect on all of us," said Fr Hezekiah.

As Fr Hezekiah continued his lecture to the young people he reminded them, "There is no need for you to walk with pain and burden. You have to share it. You have to find that person to share that burden with. Don't worry, God will direct you and if you feel there is any blame on your part, forgive yourselves."

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