Father grieves for family experiencing similar tragedy of child's suicide


CABLE, Ohio (WRGT) -- Two local fathers, grieving the untimely deaths of their children, both from Triad Local Schools, both bullied and both committed suicide.

"My heart breaks for Paul. Brings it all back and I can remember where I was and I still have my bad days," said Jamie Ketchell, Kamden's father.

Jamie remembers the day he found his son in April 2012.

"I remember dialing 911 and I couldn't even articulate my address," said Jamie.

Jamie still grieves his son's death 4 1/2 years later.

"Me and my daughter were here and we found him in his room and everything changed," he said.

Kamden, an 11-year-old boy with a big heart, took his own life.

"As time goes by it gets more real every day," said Jamie.

He left no note explaining why, but his father says he had been bullied in school.

"There were some reported things that we'd heard, different things and he'd told us and we were checking into," Jamie said.

Jamie and his daughter live a quarter-mile from Bethany Thompson's family, and was home the day she took her life.

"The, uh, sirens still give me, give me chills when I hear them," Jamie said.

He heard the sirens of the emergency vehicles responding to Bethany's home.

"When I found out the details, the same age, some of the same possible factors, it just, brought it all back," Jamie said.

The emotions flooded him.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. No one should have to go through that," Jamie said.

And now as he remembers his son he feels for Bethany's family.

"Kamden still lives on. He's in my heart. And I think about him every day and my family we talk about him," Jamie said. "Don't let go of her. Hold her in your heart. Celebrate the time you had with her. Be grateful for that."

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