Hundreds of people came out on Monday morning to mourn the death of Morristown High School student Lennon Baldwin.
Lennon died last Wednesday, and officials from several agencies are working together on an investigation. While there has been no official determination annouced by authorities, several media outlets have referred to Lennon's death as an apparent suicide, and much of the conversation surrounding his death has focused on the possibility bullying could have played a role.
Friends and family at the funeral service held at the Morristown United Methodist Church described Lennon as a kid with a great sense of humor. They said he loved to travel and was an avid bowler. They also touched on his musical talent and his love for playing the guitar and drums. Several musical tributes were given at the service.
Lennon's high school's choral octet sang a few Beatles songs. His older brother, Robbie Baldwin, played the guitar and sang a song as well.
"What I want to do is focus on the kids, because they're the ones who are really hurting here," Lennon's father, John Baldwin, said.
He and other speakers focused on how those in attendance could help prevent such a tragedy from recurring.
John Baldwin told the teens in the audience how important it is to go to their parents for any problems they may have. He asked them to do it for Lennon.
"Trust in your parents, and always remember they have unconditional love," he said.
During the service, Senior Pastor Neill Tolboom asked everyone to remember how Lennon has touched everyone, and to honor him by being kinder and gentler to one another.
A Morristown High School student who only identified herself as Keely said she didn't know Lennon well, but only heard positive things about him.
"I've heard that he was really nice, and just a normal kid," she said.
Many friends of Lennon's and others in the community have used social media outlets to show support and express their feelings of grief. There is a Facebook page dedicated to Lennon, and one of Lennon's friends posted on Youtube a video drawing a portrait of him.
Last Friday the students organized a candlelight vigil. There was also another service held at the Assumption Church that day.