High school student Trenton Keller, 16, was found dead by family members early morning Sunday.

Keller was a member of both the junior varsity lacrosse and football teams at Desert Vista High School.

Phoenix police officials are investigating Keller’s death as a suicide.

“It’s very sad,” said Desert Vista Principal Dr. Anna Battle. “To think that whatever this young man was experiencing was too much.”

Counselors on site were preparing to advise students and other faculty members on Monday. A small memorial site was also started Monday morning near the student parking lot, where students would be able to leave cards, flowers and other mementoes to Keller.

The Desert Vista lacrosse team released an announcement on its website Monday, stating “Our thoughts and prayers go out to John, Linda, Wes, and the rest of their family. We all share in their loss and will remember Trenton fondly.”

Battle said Keller’s mother opened up her home to students and parents Sunday evening, and that many wanted the appropriate chance to mourn.

As Desert Vista has faced a hard summer with the loss of three alums and its beloved security guard, Pat Quinn, Battle stressed the importance of supporting each other with experiences like these.

“These challenges are out of our control, but loving and caring for others are truly deliberate actions,” Battle said. “That is what we have had to do with losses over the summer and this is what we will do for Trenton’s family.”

Memorial services are planned for 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 3, at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, for those wishing to pay respects.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com

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