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Alaska Native village reels from string of suicides among youth

A view of Hooper Bay, Alaska. Photo by Thester11 via Wikipedia

Four young people have taken their lives in Hooper Bay, a Yup’ik community in Alaska.

According to news reports, the first suicide occurred on September 24, when Noel Tall, 26, took his life. Less than a week later, 24-year-old Eric Tomaganuk committed suicide on October 2.

On October 4, 20-year-old Miranda Seton took her life. On Sunday, Carl Dominic Robert Joe, 20, committed suicide.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has sent a crisis team to the village to respond to the situation. About 1,000 people live in Hooper Bay.

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4th suicide in 3 weeks reported in Alaska Native village (AP 10/12)
Fourth Hooper Bay resident commits suicide since Sept. 24 (KTUU 10/12)
Hooper Bay endures 4th suicide in 2 weeks (KYUK 10/12)
Tragedy Strikes Again in Hooper Bay (Alaska Native News 10/12)

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Bill Hutton: Feeling for Hooper Bay as Alaska's long history with suicide gets longer (Alaska Dispatch News 10/12)

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