Teen’s parents hope boy’s suicide serves as wake-up call

CREATED Aug 20, 2013

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GLENDALE - Suicide is a taboo subject. We don't talk about it much, though many of us know someone who took their own life.

The family of a Nicolet High School student hit hard by the heartbreak of the teen’s death wants that conversation to begin again.

Stanley Webb and his wife, Sharyne, are in the midst of planning their son’s funeral.

Tyler Webb, 16, was, by all accounts, a happy teen, but last week he took his own life. He did not leave a note or any type of explanation for his family.

"This is difficult, because we don't have any answers. We don't know why this happened. What made him so sad to feel that he didn't have anyone," explained Sharyne Baylor-Webb, Tyler’s mother.

"When he was born, I knew he was going to do big things and great things, I just didn't know he was going to do it by 16, and touch so many hearts and so many people," she continued.

For the Webb family, it's a time to grieve, but it’s also a time to take action, to learn from what happened.

"Sit down with your kids, find out who their friends are. What are they doing? How are they feeling? What's in their world right now?” Baylor-Webb suggested.

Tyler's parents believe their son’s purpose was to spread awareness--to encourage kindness and compassion.

They also believe his death serves as a warning to never shy away from telling a friend's family if something's wrong.

"You're not [tattling] on your friends just because you're telling their parents. Tell them. You could be saving their life," explained Stanley Webb.

The family has set up the "Baylor Webb Family Memorial Trust" in Tyler's honor. You can donate at any Chase bank.

A memorial scholarship is already in the process of being set up.