Sacred Heart students mourning sudden death of student

Students at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers are in shock after learning that one of their own was found dead in an apparent suicide yesterday.

Officials say they believe John Downey, Jr. was depressed and felt isolated following the passing of his grandfather last month.

In response to Downey's death, the school canceled its traditional Thanksgiving food drive pep rally, opting instead to hold a prayer service in memory of Downey.

School officials say they have made grief counselors available through the holiday season for students who are struggling with the loss.

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