Memorial held for student who took his own life at school

There was an emotional vigil Sunday, in memory of a valley teenager who committed suicide at his high school.

It has been five days since Marcus Wheeler took his own life, for students none of it makes sense.

The only thing they know for certain, Wheeler was a good kid, and a funny student who always made them smile.

Teenagers gathered closely at Anderson Jr. High School to remember their classmate 18-year-old Marcus Wheeler.

The senior high school student committed suicide at Tempe's Corona Del Sol High School on Tuesday.

"Marcus meant everything to me, I remember getting to know him in 7th grade, he was like the love of my life, everyone at one point had an infatuation with him," said a student.

Wheeler's suicide is still a shock to many. Police say just minutes before he shot himself on campus he sent this Tweet. "There is going to be a suicide in the school right now."

"When I had gone on his Twitter page, and I saw what he had tweeted it took a second to sink in and once it finally did I broke down, it's such a shame," said another student.

Wheeler was a track star and had a scholarship to run at Central Arizona College. He won the cross-country state championship last year.

His friends and peers honored Wheeler today, not focusing on how he died, but instead remembering how he lived.

"He gave to everyone, so this is our way of feeling we could give to him for what he did for us," said a student.

Teens feelings lost, alone, depressed, and needing help can call Teen Life Line at 602-248-TEEN.
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