Madison Wyman took her life nearly one year ago and now her friends and family are keeping her memory alive by bringing awareness to suicide.
Three teens took their lives in Sandpoint last year. One of them was 14-year-old Madison Wyman. It's been nearly a year since Jennifer Wyman lost her oldest daughter to suicide.
“Looking at her you'd think she had it all. She was never considered depressed,” said Jennifer.
Reminders of her are scattered around the house, pictures, phrases of family, and a wind chime Madi made in school. The Sandpoint High School freshman was a star student and talented athlete, beautiful and popular.
“It took everybody by surprise,” said Jennifer
Especially 15-year-old Curtis Hauck.
“I didn't believe it, I didn't believe it. I couldn't believe it at all,” said Curtis.
“Him and Madi were very close. They played soccer together, they went to homecoming together,” said Jennifer.
The loss of his best friend broke Curtis' heart.
“My whole body kind of just shut down. I didn't want to get out of bed. I just sat on the couch all day. I didn't really feel like doing anything. I didn't go to school for about a week,” said Curtis.
After some time and healing, Curtis came to Jennifer with an idea.
“He came to me and said we should do something our community,” said Jennifer.
“I just felt like something needed to be done. So I started to look up suicide awareness and prevention. I found a walk and I was like, we should start our own walk,” said Curtis.
Now they have more than 150 people signed up for Walk for Hope, a suicide prevention fundraiser this Sunday.
“The walk is intended to provide hope for those that are suffering and healing for those who have lost somebody,” said Jennifer.
While they may never know why Madi took her own life they can honor her memory by helping others before its too late.