Oregon boy, 10, kills self: 'No words to express the sorrow'

SHERWOOD, Ore. - A 10-year-old boy took his own life Sunday. Police said he hanged himself at a home.

Parents of the boy's elementary school classmates have been told about the fifth-grader's death.

A police captain said they have no idea why the boy killed himself. He said police are continuing to investigate.

"It is something that is difficult to understand, and there are no words strong or descriptive enough to express the sorrow and sadness our agency and community feel for this family. It is a huge loss," said Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon.

Family and friends of the child said that they don't want to do interviews. In a statement, the boy's family thanked their family, friends and the community for their support and prayers.

"The details surrounding the sudden and unexpected loss of our 10 year old son this past Sunday afternoon are simply too painful to discuss," the family said as part of their statement. "We have a very supportive and involved extended family and we are grieving together as anyone would in similar circumstances. Nothing we can do will bring back our son and for that we are truly devastated. No parent should ever have to bury their child."

Police said the 911 call came in Sunday evening. They said the boy was taken from a home to the hospital, where he died a short time later.

The child was a student at Middleton Elementary School.

Parents of students there received a letter Monday about the boy's death. The district said counselors were made available as well as support rooms where students could sit and talk quietly.

Emily Moser, the manager of Lines for Life, a local youth suicide prevention hotline, described the warning signs of suicide.

"Wanting to give away your possessions, seeing a major change in your mood, feeling very hopeless, talking about death, talking about dying, talking about wanting to take your own life - those would all be warning signs that you would want to respond and react to right away," she said.

Moser said if you are concerned about someone, stay with them until they get professional help, either by calling 911 or by calling a suicide prevention hotline. She said if you're not a trained professional don't try to treat them yourself.

Family statement:

The details surrounding the sudden and unexpected loss of our 10 year old son this past Sunday afternoon are simply too painful to discuss. We have a very supportive and involved extended family and we are grieving together as anyone would in similar circumstances. Nothing we can do will bring back our son and for that we are truly devastated. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

We appreciate the support and prayers that we have received from friends, family and the community. We thank the media in advance for the privacy needed to get through this.

The Cole Family

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