Plymouth student and football player David Bacon mourned by community after death

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

The Plymouth community is mourning the loss of a Plymouth High School student and football player who took his own life Sunday, Sept. 20.

David Bacon, a junior, was loved by his teammates, classmates, teachers, family and friends, Plymouth Community Schools Superintendent Dan Tyree said at a news conference Monday afternoon, Sept. 21. He attended the Weidner School of Inquiry at PHS and also played basketball his freshman year and baseball is freshman and sophomore year.

Bacon’s jersey number — 23 — was painted on the Plymouth High School football field on Monday in memoriam.

Bacon’s father is Dave Bacon, the chief of the Plymouth Police Department. His two younger siblings are students at Lincoln Junior High School.

Counselors and clergy members are available for students at both Plymouth High School and Lincoln Junior High School for any students that need them.

Funeral arrangements have not been set. Depending on the arrangements, some school events may be cancelled later this week.

Teenage suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. September is known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, when NAMI encourages people to talk about suicide and mental illness and share resources that provide help to people who may have suicidal thoughts.

Anyone who is in a crisis or may be having suicidal thoughts are encouraged to call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-6264.