AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) – Students and staff at DeKalb High School are coping with the loss of two classmates who died in two days. The tragic news his has hit the small community of Auburn hard.
Alexander Rodecap went missing around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the Auburn area. Rodecap, 16, was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday . The Delaware County Coroner has yet to release his official cause of death.
Rodecap’s death came a day after the death of Tabitha “Tabby” Meade, another student at DeKalb High School.
Students say Meade, 17, was a junior at DeKalb High School. Meade’s obituary states that she died in her home on Monday. A student who knows Meade said she stayed home sick Monday and was later found dead.
The DeKalb County Coroner has not yet determined Meade’s cause of death.
Meade was in the DeKalb Show Choir, which reportedly has decided not to compete at a competition in Indianapolis on Saturday. They instead plan to sing at Tabby’s funeral on Sunday.
The two deaths, which students said are unrelated, have hit the Auburn community hard. A manager at Auburn’s Kentucky Fried Chicken, where Tabby is said to have worked, put up a sign Wednesday morning which said, “We will miss you Tabby.”
Students at DeKalb High School said the past two days have been quiet and somber inside the school. Many wore different color ribbons for Tabby and Alexander on Wednesday. Several students were said to have met with counselors.
The two deaths have also been tough on teachers. A couple students said teachers were to read letters to their classes, explaining the deaths both Tuesday and Wednesday. Some teachers reportedly had a difficult time reading through the letter.
DeKalb County Central United Schools Superintendent Sherry Grate released this statement regarding the two deaths:
“After a day of concern about a student who had formerly attended schools in the DeKalb County Central United School District, we were saddened to learn that the young man had passed away. We are very sorry to hear of the outcome of yesterday’s events. This is a difficult time for our students, staff and school community as we are also grieving the loss of another student from our school family who has recently passed away. We have been overwhelmed with support from our community in providing the necessary resources for our students and staff through this grieving process. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these young people, while we also honor and respect the privacy of each family.
We are thankful for such a supportive community! We are also blessed to have such a wonderful school district full of dedicated staff members and incredibly amazing students that walk through our school doors each day.”
Services for Meade are 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center Street, in Auburn. The burial will be in Sedan Cemetery, Corunna. The calling is Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rodecap’s funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.