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Community gathers for teen's funeral

Friday, January 17, 2014

Loved ones gathered Thursday to say goodbye to a Wayne County teen who took his own life in part of a double suicide that shocked a community.

Officials said 16-year-old Spenser Garrison got into an argument with his girlfriend, 15-year-old Malia Porter, on Monday. Investigators determined Garrison shot himself inside a truck on the side of Capps Bridge Road.

Hours later, officials said Porter found him and then shot herself. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Investigators found one gun inside the truck.

The two were sophomores at Rosewood High School, and Garrison played football for the school. Many of their classmates filled Rosewood Baptist Church for Garrison's service Thursday night.

To respect the family's wishes, ABC11 did not go inside for the service, but friends said the church was packed with people saying goodbye.

The funeral for Porter will be held Friday night at the Bridge Church in Princeton. That's where she was very involved with the church and its Honor Star Ministry - a group intended to build women up.

Meanwhile, candles, flowers, and cowboy hats mark the spot where two lives were lost far too soon.

Suicide Prevention Information

HopeLine, Inc., a Triangle based nonprofit providing free suicide prevention and crisis intervention services, said this week it has launched a new program to focus on the rising suicide rates among teenagers.

HopeLine has now expanded their programs and added a new instant messaging platform to engage with a younger audience.

Currently the teen chat line is accessible through www.teentalklinenc.org and will soon be connected to their website. The service is manned by crisis counselor volunteers and is open every day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. HopeLine can also be reached through their crisis line at (919) 231- 4525 or toll free at (877) 235-4525.

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