Ryan Nash, a freshman who committed suicide Sunday, was remembered this week in several ways. The night of his death, over 1,500 people added the Twitter hashtag #RN20 to their tweets, to spread awareness of teen suicide. Friends of Nash, and complete strangers moved by the effort, asked Oprah, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber among many other largely-followed tweeters to post the tag. Later in the week, students wore black one day, and white the next. His fellow freshmen baseball players routed Joliet Central 20-1 on Tuesday in Nash’s honor, with the number 20 painted on the field.
“Ryan was a great kid, always had a smile on his face, knew how to cheer people up,” said Tony Gizzi, a classmate for about eight years. “He was the one kid who would never talk behind someone’s back. He was just a joyful person. He loved hanging out with friends, one of the most social kids I knew. Nobody could talk bad about Ryan.”
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