On April 22, 2009, Kyle committed suicide. He was only 15 years old.
Kyle was not alone that year. Over 30,000 people kill themselves every year in the U.S., making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
April 22, 2009 was a dark day for Kyle’s family. But out of that darkness came a mission. The tragedy inspired Kyle’s aunt, Angela McClintic, to learn more about and get involved with suicide prevention. McClintic became a passionate advocate for preventative strategies, families who have lost loved ones to suicide, and survivors of suicide.
In the months after Kyle’s death, McClintic and Kyle’s sister came across the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the national Out of the Darkness Community Walks. Together, McClintic and Kyle’s sister organized the first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk in Eugene in October 2009. The walks have become an annual event held at Alton Baker Park.
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