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23 November, 2005

Too young

I don't know how possible it is to really know someone one has only met via an online forum, especially someone exactly half my age and living in Wisconsin, but it's still slightly shocking to hear that someone with whom I've conversed has stepped in front of a train.

Apart from the obvious, the part that's hard to accept is that her online presence remains – there are still several photos of a seemingly-happy 'rock chick', and her website (teen sensibilities and all) is still live.

I have difficulty comprehending suicide anyway – I can't conceive of any problem being that bad or inescapable (and I've been pretty low, occasionally), so my dominant emotion right now is as much anger at Arielle's tragic stupidity (in my opinion) as sadness about her death.

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