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Tavia Smith, who lost her father and her grandfather to suicide, holds a commemorative T-shirt worn by her daughter on previous Out of the Darkness Community walks. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Rising above the hurt of suicide

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FARGO -- At Edward Bommersbach's funeral in 1987, no one mentioned he died by suicide.

His daughter, Tavia Smith, then 20, knew it. She saw her father struggle with alcoholism and depression. And she was well aware of the events preceding his death, which included a suicide note left on the table along with a box of shotgun shells.


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