Valley high school coping with loss of another student

A Valley High School coping with the loss of another student, a recent graduate and football player Marrio Golden who died suddenly from an asthma attack.
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A Valley high school coping with the loss of another student.
 
Three students have died in the past month, including recent graduate and athlete Joe Smith who died in a car crash just 12 days ago.
 
His memorial was outside Horizon High School in Scottsdale last week. 
 
A 15-year-old student also died earlier this month on a trip to Israel.
 
And now another death; recent graduate and football player Marrio Golden died suddenly from an asthma attack.
 
He too has a memorial at the school.
 
FOX 10's Marc Martinez talked to his family and friends today.
 
After they mourned the loss of Joe Smith at a memorial on Monday the school is planning another service for Marrio. Martinez talked to his father who says the family is overwhelmed by the support they are getting.
 
"This is something that we really didn't expect. This is something that you can't get prepared for," said Marrio Golden Sr., father of Marrio Golden. 
 
His father remembers his only son, 17-year-old Marrio Jr., who died suddenly of an asthma attack at home Monday morning. 
 
He had just graduated from Horizon High School last month.
 
"Marrio is one of the most easy-going kids that you will know. Marrio was not a big talker. He would just come in a room, smile, nod his head and would get everyone in the room smiling," said Golden.
 
Marrio is the second Class of 2016 grad to die this month. Eighteen-year-old Joe Smith was killed in a car wreck on June 17, returning from a graduation trip to California.
 
Marrio and Joe were teammates on the Horizon High School football team their freshman year.
 
The tragedies have the Horizon community reeling in grief.
 
"All the people here, they just graduated. This is the part of your life where you've made it. You're finally off on your own and then it gets cut so short," said Clint Tapsell, a friend of one of the Horizon High students who died.
 
Today Marrio Sr. and his family stopped by the memorial to their son at Horizon where just a week ago people gathered to remember Joe Smith.
 
"You know our hearts go out to the other families that lost their children. It's such a tragedy," said Golden.
 
Marrio's dad and his mother Tiffini say they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support both in person and on social media, where friends have started a GoFundMe page for Marrio's funeral expenses. So far they have raised more than $7,000.
 
They plan to have a memorial at Horizon this Friday morning and a funeral in Chicago where Marrio was born.

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