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Students and others look over 1,100 backpacks laid out in Kirby Ballroom at UMD on Monday afternoon during the “Send Silence Packing” exhibit. The backpacks represent the number of college students lost to suicide. Each was donated and tells the personal story of someone who lost their life to suicide. ( Bob King /

Exhibit at UMD brings attention to suicide

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After her best friend, and University of Minnesota Duluth roommate, got a call from her dad who told her that her brother had killed himself, Deanna Draz saw the impact of suicide firsthand.


“I had never seen her cry, never in our lives,” said Draz, a sophomore. “To see her go from never crying to hysterical was hard.”

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