AUBURN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Auburn community is mourning the loss of not one, but two teens within 24 hours.
"I can't even begin to imagine how these families feel, because I know how I feel and I'm not very close with either of the families,” said Kristi Moeller, parent. “It really hit home.”
Moeller owns Moe’s Bikes & More in downtown Auburn, a place where many of the kids from DeKalb Central school district hang out. But, Moeller says it’s more than a bike shop, she considers it a safe haven for the kids to come and talk. "They're more than welcome to come here. Our doors are open all the time,” she said. "I really wish that Alex would've consoled in some of his friends, and maybe he did but we don't know yet."
On Tuesday, the body of 16-year-old Alex Rodecap, a student at DeKalb High School, was found in Muncie, just blocks away from Ball State University. Police say he had been missing since Monday night. Rodecap’s death is a presumed suicide, but the Delaware County Coroner could not be reached for confirmation. Police say Rodecap reportedly left a note claiming to have a gun and that he planned to harm himself.
On Monday, Tabby Marie Meade also reportedly lost her life. She was also a student at DeKalb High School. The DeKalb County Coroner says Meade’s cause of death is still undetermined and that’s he waiting for test results to come in next week.
Moeller's says Meade and Rodecap’s deaths have been hard to handle. Her 16-year-old son and Rodecap were both sophomores at the high school Moeller says they hung out a lot in middle school, but drifted apart when they got into high school.
“My son, he practically begged me this morning to not let him go. He said he felt sick to his stomach, and he feels bad that he had not talked to Alex in quite a while,” she said. “He just wonders if there was anything he could’ve done to help.”
Julie Vose of Auburn, says her daughter was friends with Meade, and that Rodecap was a neighbor. "She’s like, Mom I don't think I could deal with another day like yesterday,” said Vose about her daughter. "It's a lot for these young kids to experience at a young age.”
Vose says it’s been an emotional time for the entire community. “It’s really been chaos trying to absorb what’s going on around us,” she said. “I think we will all pull together to try to get through it,”
"I just keep praying that we'll all find peace in some way, and that they can find peace through memories and things like that,” said Moeller.
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