Friends and family speak out after teen suicide

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 9:02 AM

AUSTIN -- The mother of a 16-year-old Lanier High School student who took his own life on campus spoke with KVUE News Wednesday. Family and friends spent the evening going door to door looking for help to cover costs associated with laying him to rest.

The school district is not releasing any information about the student, but Adrian Alvarez's mother told KVUE she wants his story told.

Students left Lanier Wednesday afternoon wearing black and carrying black balloons.

"This isn't happening. This is not real," said family friend Diana Vazquez.

On Tuesday Alvarez shot himself during lunch on campus.

"You would never think he would do something like that," said Vazquez.

His mother is also in disbelief. She says her son called her from school on Tuesday asking to leave early. She told him "no." She remembers his last words to her were, "I love you mom," and she answered back, "I love you too."

She says she got a call from the high school shortly after saying her son had an incident, and she needed to get to Lanier as soon as possible.

The teen posted a message on Facebook about his plans earlier that day.

"I guess the thing was that no one took him seriously," Vazquez explained. "They thought, 'No he's kidding. He's not. I don't think he'll do it.'"

Friends, family, and classmates spent Wednesday evening walking door to door asking for donations to help with his funeral.

"Pennies, quarters, everything helps," Vazquez said.

Friends and family say the teen is a father to a young son.

Alvarez's mother says she wishes someone had paid more attention and picked up on the warning signs. She says she still doesn't understand why he took his life.

Investigators are not saying how Alvarez got the gun. There are no metal detectors on the campus.

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