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Walkers remember loved ones who lost their lives to suicide

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It's a walk to help ease the pain and hopefully prevent the anguish of suicide.

"Today is to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to get the public to know it's okay to talk about suicide," walk coordinator Kristi Haynes said.

It's a personal struggle Haynes has seen first hand when her cousin took his own life. That's why today Haynes helped establish the first ever walk the area has seen.

Dozens participated in the walk down Canal Drive in Kennewick, waving signs and sharing stories.

"I've known some people that attempted it and had some close friends who have lost to suicide," student Katie Coghill said.

This year the Task Force has seen 19 suicides in Benton and Franklin County alone. Today all 19 of them were honored with flags.

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