Students remember classmate who died hiking at Red Rock Canyon
It was an emotional start to the week on the campus of Bonanza High School. Students coming back from the holiday weekend learned about fellow classmate Andrew Sasse's sudden death.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
CREATED May. 28, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It was an emotional start to the week on the campus of Bonanza High School. Students coming back from the holiday weekend learned about fellow classmate Andrew Sasse's sudden death.
The 17 year old fell 80 feet and died Monday while he was hiking through Red Rock Canyon with a group of friends.
Classmate Karina Kaiwi tells Action News, "I saw him everyday. It just really affects me to see that he was just so young. He was just about to graduate."
"I was devastated knowing that somebody died that way. It's really sad," adds student Anna Olmedo.
On Tuesday, grievance counselors filled the campus to help students cope with the devastation.
Sasse, according to students, was an outgoing young man who played sports, served on student counsel and took honors classes.
Metro tells Action News the teen left the group to go off and explore on his own, while they were hiking through Red Rock Canyon.
When he didn't show up later at a designated meeting spot, friends went searching for him and discovered his body.
This is the second student death for the campus within the past two weeks. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas, who also went to Bonanza High School, was killed a week and a half ago after he was robbed and run over by two men who were after his i-pad.
A statement issued on behalf of Andrew Sasse's family refers to the teen's contagious smile and zest for life.
Currently, a fund is being set up to deal with funeral arrangements, but any remaining proceeds will honor the teen's passion for education through the creation of a scholarship in his name to benefit another Bonanza High School student.
Action News will post the fund information once it becomes available.